The Myth Of Dracula Exposed In Bram Stoker's Dracula

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The thought of vampires existing has continued to terror and captivate people worldwide since the Victorian Era. These immoral human-blood-drinking creatures have evolved from folk entries. The key idea that all stories have portrayed is the lust for human blood. Bram Stoker’s published Dracula in the nineteenth century. He formed the myth of Dracula through extensive research from Eastern Europe folktales. The ancient beliefs about vampires are suggested to have arisen from the series of deaths due to protoporphyria. Erythropoietic protoporphyria or Gunter’s disease causes the skin to be sensitivity to sunlight and teeth to be unusually larger than normal (Sledzik). Stoker brought the vampire mysteriousness to a new height and has set the …show more content…
Plogojowitz felt ill suddenly and passed away. Within twenty-four hours of his death, six deaths including his son happened within hours of each other in the village. According to folktale, the people who were killed by Plogojowitz saw him in their dreams before their deaths. In these dreams, he would bite and draw their blood from their throat. Exhaustion and excessive blood loss were the cause of these deaths. (Curran 40-41). Due to the circumstances, the local Army’s commander exhumed the body of Peter. When examining his corpus, it was in “a preserved state and ‘the hair and beard-even the nails, of which the old ones had fallen away- had grown on him; the old skin, which was somewhat whitish has peeled away, and a new fresh one had emerged under it’” (Beresford 110). The commander concluded that Plogojowitz did, in fact, turn into a vampire. According to this folktale to kill a vampire, a wooden stake was driven into the vampire’s heart and the body was burned. Dracula faced a similar death as Peter did. “But on the instant, came the sweep and flash of Jonathan’s great knife. I shrieked as I saw it shear through the throat; whilst at the same moment Mr. Morris’ bowie knife plunged in the heart… whole body crumbled into dust and passed from sight” (Stoker 384). In the novel, Dracula was killed due to being stabbed in the heart just like in the

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