The Characteristics Of Vlad Stoker: Vlad The Impaler

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Vampire legends ran rampant across the world in ancient times. They have been around for ages and were just as popular back then as they are now. Many different stories could have inspired Stoker for his well-known Dracula novel. But it is said that Vlad Tepes or more commonly known as Vlad the Impaler, is Stoker’s real inspiration. Vlad was a perfect fit for a protagonist, being that he was a master torturer. The story goes that Vlad would impale people by putting them upside down on a sharpened stick and some say he would even feast upon his victims. Dracula has the eerie feeling to him, he lives alone in a huge dark castle, the physical appearance that he has is spooky. And there is also a chill that goes down your spine even when you hear …show more content…
Dracula’s physical features were creepy straight from the beginning and how Stoker described him was magnificent, he really set Dracula’s spooky mood from the start. “Within stood a tall old man, clean shaven save for a long white moustache, and clad in black from head to foot, without a single speck of color about him anywhere” (Dracula. 23) This man was a beast in the way he lures his victims in, when he took down all of the crew on the ship if it was just the way Stoker worded it or if Dracula was just that slick. He stalked and picked off everyone on the ship. This was definitely the scariest part of the book if you put yourself in the sailors’ perspective. “It is here. I know it now. On the watch last night I saw it, like a man, tall and thin, and ghastly pale. It was in the bows, and looking out. I crept behind it, gave it my knife, but the knife went right through it, empty as the air.” (Dracula. …show more content…
He has the side of him at the beginning when he is just trying to fit in and tries to act somewhat normal. But also the side of him at the end when he was desperate and bloodthirsty. The character development correlates to the fact that he is a vampire. I feel like it would be easier to write about a person or being that actually went through changes on the daily and you could have fun with the two sides of this man. And since the folklore was so popular back then Stoker was intrigued with creating a character unlike no other. When Harker first arrived in Transylvania Dracula was certainly weird, you could tell he was trying to be as normal as possible and trying to be kind with hospitality. “I found my supper already laid out. My host, who stood on one side of the fireplace, leaning against the stonework, made a graceful wave of his hand to the table.” (Dracula. 25) Towards the end when they were on to Dracula he was desperate. He tried to flee back to Transylvania with what he had left. He kind of played the role of a Scooby-Doo villain when they almost get away it, but in the end Freddie rips off his mask. But in this case served as a knife through the heart. “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’s bowie knife plunged into the heart.” (Dracula.

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