Dracula: Father of the Modern Vampire
There are plenty of famous vampires that send chills up our spines, but Dracula was and still is the king of them all. No one else can touch him. Not Count Orlok, not Lestat... not even the Count from Sesame Street. Even if some of us find numbers pretty terrifying.
|Author||Stoker - Bram Stoker|
|Early 20th-Century Literature||Early 20th-Century British Literature|
difference would be creepy.
He lurks in the shadows, kills people and drinks their blood.
But is he a total Big Bad, or can we scrounge up a little bit of sympathy for the batty
old coot? For one thing, we don't actually know much
about the guy.
He’s usually up in his castle, hanging out with his vampire brides.
He’s not exactly one for socialization, and we don’t get a huge long back story,
It's a little hard to sympathize with a guy you don't know, and the mystery around him
makes him seem like nothing but a villain.
Plus, a vampire polygamist living in a creepy castle doesn’t exactly scream… good guy.
And yet, he does tell us… I too can love; you yourselves can tell it from the past.
Aww, how sweet.
But what past? It's possible that Dracula has loved and lost in his past… and that's
why he's so damaged and deranged in the present.
Unfortunately, we have to use our imagination to cook up whatever tragic past Dracula might
Hmm, perhaps a tragic love affair with one… or all… of his vampire wives.
Stoker isn’t giving us any more details. No matter what happened to the Count, when
we think of him this way, we can almost sorta kinda relate to him.
At least, to the loving and losing part.
Not so much the bloodsucking and fond attachment to Middle Age torture devices.
Maybe the fact that there's so much mystery surrounding his story actually could evoke
Or at least curiosity.
After all, how can we judge someone we don't really know?
We wouldn’t judge a book by its cover, so why should we judge a bat by its… fangs?
Without a thorough back story, we can hardly get to know him.
But he does speak of love and loss, which might almost make you shed a tear.
So is Dracula 100 percent bad?
Or is it okay to feel a little sorry for the bloodsucker?
Shmoop amongst yourselves.