Thursday, June 19, 2008

On Bram Stoker's Dracula

One can be happy and be in love or be sad and be in love. When there are tragedies in love can one end up harming him/her-self? Lust ofcourse has always been destructive but can love also be destructive?

I think Bram Stoker's Dracula was a victim of this destructive form of love. Below a small treatise of the book and its message.

Dracula is an 1897 novel by Irish author Bram Stoker on which a movie was later made called "Bram Stoker's Dracula" in 1992 a horror-romance story.

The book while not having created the vampire myth has singularly had the greatest influence on movies and books on vampires in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Dracula according to the myth is an undead, a mystical creature who could hypnotise people by simply looking at them, vanish into thin air by turning into smoke. He had super human strength and could turn others into vampires by drinking their blood.

Dracula was actually a real person. His real name Vlad the Impaler a person respected in Romania even today for his justice. His title comes from the fact that he used to impale his enemies to the ground and according to some as a symbolic measure drink their blood.

According to the story Vlad went to fight in the crusades and when he returned he found his wife had been damned as a suicide, who had committed suicide because she thought Vlad had died. Enraged by the fact that the religion he had just fought for had damned the person most beloved to him he struck the sword in the cross and became at that moment the undead with the power of darkness.

He spread misery and evil throughout the land until four centuries later when he was put to death in the arms of his beloved.

The movie talks about tragedy in love and shows how love can be destructive.

We see some of this when we hear of people, or see those around us, driven to do something bad as a result of the one's they love (something that would not happen if people were Just and Enlightened).

Love of course can also be very constructive an example of which we see in the saints who are according to a study I read have neural activity similar to those who have had a nervous breakdown, yet this neural activity leads them to be most coherent and stronger and better than others.

The concept of the vampires had great influence on art. It has also lead to the creation of "Vampire Cults" i.e. people who are very passionate about vampires and take it up as a hobby. They form groups that are then cults. Very few of them actually drink blood but as I read some who cross the line even do that.

The earliest mention of Vampires is found in Greek mythology and Hebrew folklore. According to the latter the first wife of Adam took to becoming a vampire when she rejected him.

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