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How And Why Have Representations Of Dracula Changed Over Time

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How And Why Have Representations Of Dracula Changed Over Time? Throughout time, ferocious battles have been taking place between light and darkness, each time being conjured by a variety of different people. History has recorded numerous victories where good overwhelms evil. Bram Stoker encapsulates this enthralling battle of good versus evil and has confined this concept in a form of an unbelievably extraordinary novel which brilliantly captured the attention of several millions of people. Dracula is the original duel between good and evil. Bram Stoker captures death and destruction in the form of the vicious vampire: Dracula, while also capturing courage, bravery and daring in the form of Jonathan Harker, the middle aged hero. Different movie interpretations have been made from Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula, and each director of each movie see and make their movies in the way they want. Some of these films include Nosferatu (1922), Dracula (1952) and Dracula (1992), each significantly different from the other. So how did the directors portray Dracula in their representations? Nosferatu is a representation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, which was made in 1922 and was directed by F.W. Murnau. It was called Nosferatu because the directors were unable to obtain the rights to Bram Stoker's original novel name: Dracula. ...read more.

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He seeks revenge by getting at Jonathan Harker's fianc�e and turning her into a vampire which shows that although he might have an emotional state, he doesn't think about his actions and always resorts to violence to solve his emotional problems. The mis-en-scene in the movie could represent the battle of good versus evil because in some cases, when Jonathan Harker and Dracula are both on stage together the lighting alternates from slightly lighter, to slightly darker each time the camera moves from Harker to Dracula's face and as it alternates, the audience can feel the tension softening and hardening each time which could suggest both good and evil are trying to overcome the other; also the music changes when Dracula is about to perform an evil deed. There are also a number of diagetic sounds including creaking doors and floorboards, water running, and birds singing which suggest that Dracula's mansion is having its own personal good versus evil battle. This version of Dracula would be more suited to a modern audience than Nosferatu, as it contains dialogue, and it contains real life situations when a person feels the urge to get even or to avenge something or someone. They would have responded with fear to this film, but also they could have sympathized with Dracula for his loss, but some might detest him because of his approach to the matter, eradicating the importance of his loss. ...read more.

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During the time when Nosferatu was made, the technology was terrible and nothing had been invented that could create a half-decent movie. But in Dracula (1952), technology had clearly developed which made it possible to create a movie including advanced special effects and costumes. Furthermore, in Francis Ford Coppola's version in 1992, the technology had improved even more, making room for a movie that re-defines the quality and meaning of the movie: Dracula. Another reason why representations of Dracula changed overtime because people have come up with new ideas. I think this links in with the idea of what society are scared of, which is another reason why the representations of Dracula have changed overtime. This is because as society becomes scared of new things, then people have to come up with new ideas to satisfy the needs and wants of their audience. I think that Francis Ford Coppola's representation of Bram Stoker's Dracula is the most effective because he portrayed a typically evil being with characteristically no emotions, as a self-controlling and strong willed individual. He turned a villain that is most likely to be a hated icon amongst most people, to something that could draw the feeling of kindness and consideration from the viewers' hearts, eradicating the fact that he is a blood-sucking villain that deserves to have a stake pushed through his seemingly heartless chest. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Chiedozie Ekeoma 10 STL ...read more.

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