Bram Stoker's Dracula and Other Gothic Text Analysis

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How do you account for the continued public fascination with the concept of Dracula? Refer to your core text “Dracula” by Bram Stoker and to two other texts.

The concept of Dracula holds a perennial fascination for the generations of readers since its entrance into popular culture in the1800s. The creation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” in 1877 capitalised on the popularity of the horror genre, spawning adaptations such as, Gene Colan’s volume three comic cover, “The Tomb of Dracula,” (1972) and Neil Jordan’s film, “Interview with the Vampire” (1994). Collectively, these visual and literary texts explicate gothic motifs of vampirism, supernatural manifestations (especially nocturnal ones), spoiled innocence as well as the outsider and the vampires’ experience of sadomasochism. The enduring captivation of these dark notions allows us to account and assess the literary techniques, the context and how the idea of the glamorous but wicked outsider meets the different values within our ever-changing society. Then, we can finally grasp an understanding of how the vampiric legend has continually lingered in our mainstream consciousness.

Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” deals with the notion of vampirism, lodging in our collective consciousness a demonic monster who overturns the pillars of society by seducing innocent women, thrill-seeking and threatening the status quo. Was it because Dracula symbolises the forbidden and the anti-Christ, thus engaging readers, especially during the repressed Victorian era? Or is it because we have a certain fascination for the occult and, by extension, for things we don’t fully comprehend? Stoker deliberately utilises stereotypes such as the damsel in distress (Mina and Lucy), masculine heroes and of course a villain, the dastardly Count, to underscore the gothic theme whereby Dracula is portrayed as the satanic foreigner and the instigator of conflict. This is exemplified with a Carpathian woman crossing herself shouting in defiance,...
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