Essay on Review Of Bram Stoker 's ' Dracula '

1232 Words Aug 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
The Oxford dictionary defines a vampire as ‘a corpse supposed to leave its grave at night to drink the blood of the living by biting their necks with long pointed canine teeth.’ But, as I will explain, there is much more behind this gothic character; a reflection of societal views and values and contextual evidence within their stories help us to understand the world in which they were created. A text from the past, in this case Dracula written by Bram Stoker in 1897, not only helps us to understand the world as it was, but also as it is now, in its textual appropriation Twilight, composed in 2005 by Stephanie Meyer. Today, using these two texts, I aim to persuade you that the appropriation of texts must be retained as part of the HSC Senior Syllabus. The differences in the way the vampires are presented, the roles of the females of their stories all highlight the usefulness of texts from the past as a tool for understanding the world in which we live.

Dracula forms the basis of what one would perceive as a stereotypical vampire. Bram Stoker introduces him through the thoughts of Jonathan, a man travelling to Transylvania on business, supposedly helping the Count to purchase land in London. From his perspective, we learn Dracula possess features such as listed on the screen. From this description, we get an image similar to this (*image of Drac on screen*). Which, of course, is greatly opposed to this, (*image of Edward on screen*). According to Bella Swan, he is…

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