In order to analyze the transition of vampire, we must look at the idea of the vampire as portrayed in Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. The vampire is seen as a foreigner: someone much removed from society who makes no attempt to fit in. His accent, dress, home and manner suggest that he is in no way human, and he is very much a cold, evil character that could not be seen in any other way. We cannot identify with him, nor are we supposed to even want to. Wood refers to these characteristic depictions as “the obsolete codes” which show “humans as heroes, the vampire as enemy; humans as comrades, the vampire as loner; virtue as a human trait, evil as inhuman; humans as Christian, vampires as Satanic.” (60) However, some do credit Stoker with the introduction of the new vampire. Surely the characters in Dracula follow this stereotype of good and evil being completely distinct from each other.
Prior to the 1931 film Dracula the stereotypical vampire was presented as “an ancient, decaying, walking corpse with distorted features, razor-sharp fangs, and extended fingers”.... [continues]
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