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Bram Stoker did not invent the vampyre or the vampyres supernatural powers they were both brought to you in part by superstition Superstition influenced the abilities limitations and characteristics Stoker gave Dracula by giving an explanation for un-scientific happenings For example The ancients believed that a mans shadow and his reflection in some measure represented his soulAshley 3 Could this be why Dracula cast no shadow and showed no reflection in mirrors Superstition links causes and effects in ways that defy logic and fail all impartial tests1 The supernatural also goes counter to logic in truly astounding ways Draculas supernatural abilities were based on ancient superstitions and fears of the time period The beginning of the book also was set upon the day of May third- St Georges Eve- when the clock strikes midnight all the evil things in the world will have full sway Stoker A common fear found even today in many children and adults too is fear of the dark - this might explain why Dracula is a creature of the night and why he dwells feeds strives and is at his most powerful at night It is also believed that darknight represents evil and daylight represents good which would explain why he is powerless in day time He can become or commandeer certain creatures the rat the owl the bat the wolf the fox and the dog- all creatures of the night- creatures which were in olden times thought of as evil A wild howling began which seemed to come from all over the country as far as the imagination could grasp it through the gloom of the night The wolf is just one representation of the gloom and fear the night brings He can become or command the elements or he
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