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Bram Stoker's Dracula Prezi

An informative and persuasive presentation on the contents and historical values of Stoker's classic novel.

Tyler Giles

on 24 April 2013

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By Tyler Giles Bram Stoker's Dracula The Book The History The Story So Consider: Bram Stoker's Dracula is a Gothic horror novel written and based in Victorian England. Published in 1897,
"Dracula" was not the first popular literature to mention vampires, but it did help shape the modern view of vampires and vampire characteristics. The novel follows the lives of several English individuals and their encounters with the brilliant and dangerous Count Dracula and his female minion vampires. Vampires of the Victorian Era were often characterized by very different traits than those of popular modern works. Bram Stoker's novel is a classic and cherished work of the Victorian Age due to it's style and it's emphasis on Victorian themes. The Victorian Era took place during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 - 1901).

A large component of the novel's plot is the emphasis on Victorian Era themes, such as societal roles and etiquette. Stoker's book was written during a period in which many people believed vampires to be a real threat. Carmilla Le Fanu The Vampyre Lord Byron The Vampire A presentation on a book you should read... ...and why. A Few Traditional Vampire Characteristics: Abilities Evil Spawn Traditional Victorian vampires were satanic in origin and power, drawing strength and immorality from demonic possession. This is why sacred objects such as the Crucifix or holy water affected them. Unlike many contemporary vampires, traditional vampires had the ability to transform into natural entities such as bats, wolves, and even smoke. Dracula's immortality also contributes to his intelligence, as he has gained knowledge over his 500+ year lifetime. Spread The transformation into a vampire was a slow process, generally resulting from recurring visits from a vampire, eventually causing death (and reanimation). (Vampires were classified as 'undead') The main story follows a young lawyer named Jonathan Harker... Who meets Count Dracula under the impression that he is conducting a real estate transaction... Harker soon realizes that he is a prisoner of Count Dracula, and imminent (un)death awaits him... So he manages to escape from the Count's castle to return to his fiancée in England... ...and in doing so brings the horror of the Count upon his friends and family... The rest... is in the book! Stoker's portrayal of Dracula embodied the real beliefs and fears of many people during the time period of the novel. Dracula is a Count with a castle built in rural Transylvania who is feared by the locals--and with good reason. Many of the characteristics of contemporary vampires are entirely different than those of historical and Victorian Era vampires. Your perception of a vampire might be nothing like that of the author or others who lived during the time that these prevalent and frightful mythical beings were openly feared and believed to exist. Whether you take an interest in reading, history or just general entertainment based around dark and mythical forces, Bram Stoker's "Dracula" provides a balance of powerful style as a Gothic and horror novel, as well as a driving plot that will keep you interested throughout. The cultural and historical lessons within the text are a complimentary asset to the novel that serves a learning opportunity and bring about an appreciation for historical mythology... In other words... [read the book] and so...
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