Reviewing the Blood Seeking Demon

dracula Merriam-Webster defines “Dracula” as “one who maintains a relationship like that of a vampire toward another by sapping his physical or emotional strength.” Upon the thought of the Dracula novel, that is nearly exactly what comes to mind. Dracula is a blood-searching demon that thrives on the blood of others to maintain life in his later years. Bram Stoker wrote Dracula during the late 1800’s during what was the “potato famine” worldwide. It was a period of starvation and hunger and the “walking dead” period. The time was rough, the people were struggling, but Bram Stoker’s novel nearly fit into the way the nation was behaving.
Bram Stoker’s novel is a collection of letters, papers, and journals. Different characters write each entry, which helps build suspense throughout the story. In my opinion, the evil vampire is an example of a life not walking down the Christian path, but putting Christ in their rear view mirror. The life that attempts to drag others down the wrong path with them. The only way the terror can be halted, is if the Christ followers destroy the darkness surrounding them. Dracula takes several characters, mainly women, down his path until Professor Abraham Van Helsing uses his wit to bring the culprit to rest.
One detail that struck out to me throughout the novel was the use of sexual interaction. Yes, it added details and pointed out the negative features of these demons, specifically Dracula, but could they not have been explained less? In my opinion, there were several details readers could have been fine without knowing. For example, early in the novel there was a group of sisters who felt sexually attracted to John Harker. Mr. Stoker described this scene as if it were very important to the outcome of the novel. On the other side, a detail that Stoker could have used more is Christian icons. The icons appear periodically, but were not described with great detail. As Van Helsing said later in the novel, that he is a “minister of God’s own wish.” Another key example of Christian icons that was not explained in great detail was the effect that crosses and scripture had on Dracula.
This book appealed to me in an emotional way. Dracula took me back in history to the period in which it was written. The story gave me a sense of what it must have been like to live in the late 1800’s-early 1900’s. The detail the author provided really kept me entertained. He kept the story understandable, even to people who know little about the time in which the novel was wrote. Dracula has all the requirements to keep it read by each generation of horror fans. Do not be expecting a modern day love story when you dive into this book or you will be in for quite the surprise! Dracula is a must read!
Works Cited
“Dracula.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2013. .
SparkNotes Editors. “SparkNote on Dracula.” SparkNotes.com. SparkNotes LLC. 2003. Web. 19 Sept. 2013
Stoker, Bram. Dracula. 1897. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.

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