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Examine how the Aspects of Good and Evil are Presented/Portrayed in the film "Bram Stokers 'Dracula".

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Examine how the Aspects of Good and Evil are Presented/Portrayed in the film "Bram Stokers 'Dracula" Film today can be very powerful as a means of expression and communication. Often the most diminutive detail can have a tremendous i8mpact on an audience encompassing all ages. These details often come from a range of media devices. They have a profound affect on how the director attempts to express a scene. One of the most recurrent themes since the launch of film has to be the element of 'Good and Evil.' A prime example of this is Bram Strokers 'Dracula.' The film is based on a book written by Abraham Stoker in the 1800's. During this time England was fascinated by the Gothic. Darwin had brought up the theory of evolution, giving the idea that man evolved from prime apes. This all built up to eventually influence Bram Stroker to write the amazing 'Dracula.' In this essay I will be conducting an analysis on the contrasts between the element of Good and Evil. I will be studying how they are both portrayed in the film. The opening scenes in films often set the mood for the remainder. The beginning of the film is crucial in impacting the audience enough to make them stay and watch. ...read more.

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This doesn't perturb Jonathon though as he's writing his first letter to his darling fianc�e Mina. This was the first of a string of letters Keeping the couples relationship alive, as Jonathon's about to experience the toughest chapter of his life yet. The use of voice over in the scenes leading up to the arrival into Dracula's province creates a bigger understanding between the film and the audience. They help to explain the setting and the plot of a certain phase in the film. They also enhance the atmosphere creating a mood as a substitute or bonus to music. They sometimes help you develop a better understanding of characters or scenes. There were many incidences in the film where voice over had a big affect on the audience. Where it had its biggest impact though was when Jonathon was getting closer to Dracula and the film needed a voice over to enhance the atmosphere, portraying to the audience the severity in which Jonathon was crossing dimensions. The 'Lucy' and the 'escape' plot were both key minor turning points in the film. They were both completely opposite in the sense Lucy's giving her life to Dracula whereas Jonathon's escaping releasing his life from him. When in Dracula's hands, Jonathon's life was slowly being drained, as was shown when his hair began turning grey. ...read more.

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This all accrues, eventually resulting in Mina giving her life to Dracula of her own will and Jonathon letting go of the love of his life. The scenes leading up to this are very fast moving and it's the same for the storyline. There was a lot of action creating a very eager atmosphere. The use of strings played a big part in the mood of loss, as Jonathon decides to let go of Mina. In Dracula the aspects of good and evil are portrayed vividly. Weather it be through media devices or by 'set scenery' the two aspects play a big role throughout the plot of the film. The director always thought about the audience, when and how to impact them through creating atmospheres and moods. The element of anticipation in Dracula played a big part as far as the audience are concerned. This allowed the audience to keep on the tip of their toes foreseeing the outcome. The use of Christian symbolism also played a big part in giving the audience a chilling experience. There are no plot twists for anybody who already knows the story, but Coppola keeps things reasonably fresh with imaginative touches throughout. "Bram Stoker's Dracula" is an old-fashioned monster movie on a grand scale, a Gothic horror spectacular in the best, but for contrasts reflecting on old age epoch it's one to watch. Oliver Eaton 05/11/03 ...read more.

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