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Examine how the aspects of good and evil are presented in the film 'Bram Strokes' 'Dracula' portrayed.

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Examine how the aspects of good and evil are presented in the film 'Bram Strokes' 'Dracula' portrayed. 'Dracula' could be seen as the world's most famous horror story and definitely the world's most well-known example of the fascination that grew with monsters and demons such as vampires. It was written by Bram Strokes in 1887 and radically changed the view of demonic figures during the 1800's. The video is based on the book 'Dracula' written by Abraham Stroker in the 1800's. During this time England was fascinated by the gothic idea of 'the beast within man' and you could say Bram Stroker's 'Dracula' was inspired by theorists such as Charles Darwin. Darwin was a theorist, who was greatly influenced by the geologist Adam Sedgwick and the naturalist John Henslow in his development of the theory of natural selection, which was to become the foundation concept supporting the theory of evolution. Darwin's theory holds that environmental effects lead to varying degrees of reproductive success in individuals and groups of organisms. Natural selection tends to promote adaptation in organisms when necessary for survival. This revolutionary theory was published in 1859 in Darwin's now famous treatise on the "Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection". This theory can be seen through the certain scene in the film for example, when Dracula changes/turns into the Beast which looks and/or represents a Werewolf. The content of Dracula amazed people of old, by being very doubtful of Christianity and that their was a darker even stronger side and carved future depictions of the legendary, commonly known evil demons. There have been many different interpretations of the story in many films each valuing Stroker's ideas throughout, but with modern alteration to suit progressive beliefs on vampires. 'Dracula' is a story of two humans in love, one goes by the name of Prince Vlad a.k.a 'Vlad the Impaler' (he is a descendant of Attila the Hun) ...read more.

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The Good: Evil ratio stands not in balance in the opening scenes; the Evil is a main 'character' in itself. The reason for that is Evil is shown in every scene, every setting in the film to show that Evil is always there but you have the choice to use that Evil to your advantage and/or whether to use it at all. The idea is that Vlad did not have to use the Evil. God gave him freewill and he had the choice to do so. After the introduction where Dracula renounces God we travel forward over 400 years where we see England, where we are met with Jonathan Harker who is in a lawyer's office talking with his employer about a former colleague of his who has gone mad, called Dr. Renfield (he went mad after visiting Transylvania). Jonathan is sent on a mission/quest to find out what brought about this madness and settle some business with the man he is staying; with Count Dracula. After this scene in the lawyer's office the camera moves on to seeing Mina who is betrothed to Jonathan. She is wearing a tight green dress not revealing anything at all and her hair is constricted. Her outfit looks very uptight although her facial expression does not resemble this. She asks Jonathan about the marriage. He says that they can wait till he gets back. They then go and sit by a bench and tell each other of their love for one another and slowly kiss while a blister of peacock feather swirls in front of them. The camera moves into a close-up and the circular part of the peacock merges into the setting sun into a different scene where a train comes out of a dark tunnel (symbolising intercourse) and Jonathan talks of his worries in a voice over technique as if it were in his diary. ...read more.

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I think that Francis Ford Coppola and the film/production company, crew and alike behind the film 'Dracula' have achieved success in bringing across the ever lasting feud between good and evil, but have proved (in the film) that good and/or God will always prevail. EXTRA RESEARCH ON DARWINISM AND THE THEORY ON EVOLUTION Social Darwinism, in sociology, theory formulated in the late 19th century that argues that the development of individuals and societies follows the pattern described by Charles Darwin in his theory of evolution by natural selection. Social Darwinists believed that people, like animals and plants, compete for survival and, by extension, success in life. Individuals who become rich and powerful are the "fittest"; the lower socio-economic classes, thus, are the least fit. Social Darwinists came to believe that human progress depends on competition. The theory was employed by some as the philosophical underpinning for imperialism, racism, and unbridled capitalism. It was succeeded by the eugenics movement, which aimed at improving the quality of the human population through selective breeding and was used by the Nazis to help justify their extermination (Holocaust) of Jews and other ethnic groups. However, while social Darwinism allowed nature to take its course so that the worst elements of society would eventually be eliminated, modern eugenics was based on the notion than planned breeding of people was the key to improving society. Evolution, in biology, descent with modification, the process whereby all living things on Earth have diverged, by direct descent, from a single origin of life that occurred more than 3,000 million years ago. In my opinion Darwin's theorem in relation to Dracula is because of this; Dracula was 'supposed' to be a better form of man and 'evolution' a less then perfect state, using the meaning of perfect in the biblical description but a more 'perfect' human because he possessed all the emotions of a human but none of the weaknesses in my 'theory' Dracula created 'himself' so he could never die in eternal death seeking after living blood. ...read more.

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