Dracula

Keisha Dumont and Guy Ngassa pd.6

Dracula ( 1992 ) .....Johnathan Harker Shaving scene ( full )

Vlad III Prince of Wallachia , infamously known as Vlad the Impaler or Dracula

The name of the vampire Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula was inspired by Vlad's patronymic and reputation. Dracula's favorite method of torture was to impale people and leave them to writhe in agony, often for days. As a warning to others, the bodies would remain on rods as vultures and blackbirds nibbled the rotting flesh.Another time, Dracula was reported to have eaten a meal on a table set up outside amidst hundreds of impaled victims. On occasion he was also reported to have eaten bread dipped in blood hence where the association of vampirism with him came to be.


-Keisha Dumont

Reinfield

In Dracula, we meet a host of peculiar characters. No character, however, is as eccentric as Reinfield. Reinfield was a patient in the asylum where dr.seward works. He's a hard character to understand at first, but eventually we learn that there is a method to his madness. He is presented as being a lunatic who likes to just eat bugs for fun. We later learn,however, that he does this in an attempt to be immortal. He blieves that when animals eat other animals, they store life inside of them and he can become immortal by eating the animal who is on top of the food chain. Although his craziness is explained, I'll never look at bugs the same!


-Guy Ngassa

Phonograph

In Dracula Jonathan harker records parts of his adventures on a phonograph. A phonograph is basically an ancient record player. It was invented in 1877 by Thomas Edison. It was the first invention to be able to record and reproduce sound. Stokers use of the phonograph shows his interest in things that are-or at least , were- high tech. If stoker had written Dracula in a modern time period, Mina and harker would probably be tweeting instead. The use of this ancient device and others really solidifies the setting of Dracula in 18th century Europe.


-Guy Ngassa

Johnathan Harker

A young lawyer, whose firm sends him to Transylvania to conclude a real estate transaction with Dracula. Later Harker quickly finds himself a prisoner in the castle with a vampire and barely escapes with his life. After escaping, he vows to destroy Dracula and, if he could, to send "his soul forever and ever to burning to hell" for the greater good of the world.


-Keisha Dumont