Dracula Essay

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Michelle Ji
Mr. Hancock
English 4 1
February 1, 2016
Death and Life
#7 “There lay the Count, but looking as if his youth had been half renewed, for the white hair and moustache were changed to dark iron-grey; the cheeks were fuller, and the white skin seemed ruby-red underneath; the mouth was redder than ever, for on the lips were gouts of fresh blood, which trickled from the corners of the mouth and ran over the chin and neck” (Stoker 58). If I were a prop master directing the film version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, I would make sure to include four specific props in my film that I believe to be essential to the story: a coffin, dirt from the earth, a crucifix, and blood. In the story Dracula, Stoker utilizes creepy objects associated with funerals and the dead to prove that though these items traditionally symbolize death upon first glance, from another aspect, that of a supernatural being, these items provide life. Stoker also overlaps and relates behavior and beliefs of vampires, to stories and beliefs of Christianity found throughout the Bible, in a twisted way. Though these two objects normally apply to living and being born again, Stoker reveals and illustrates how these holy and cleansing props can elicit death and darkness as well. These four props, two associated with death and two with life, enhance the story as they prove their complexity to individually represent both life and death.
#2 Throughout the novel, Count Dracula exhibits multiple and unique purposes of coffins and common dirt. Typically, only the dead find lasting use out of a coffin. However, #5
Count Dracula proves otherwise when it comes to his sleeping arrangements. As Jonathan Harker, a young man completely oblivious to the existence of vampires, finds himself curious and suspicious of Dracula and his true identity. Harker sets out to explore the mansion he…...

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