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Dracula and its overwhelming appeal in the 20th Century Alia Lamaadar Mrs Schuett 12 English March 5 1999 Books like proverbs receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of ages through which they have passed Temple Sir William Bram Stokers Dracula is a literary classic which has stood the test of time Dracula written in 1897 makes reference to mythical creatures which in the 20th century have substantial scientific merit In the increasingly publicized culture of modern society the reader who desires to live vicariously through vampires can experience an emotional release in the study of Dracula This same modern day reader finds a sense of comfort in the rigid definition of gender roles in the novel because of the disintegration of sexual barriers in modern civilization Dracula is a novel which is more relevant and appealing to modern readers then it ever was to readers of the past who could not fully appreciate it because of the way in which society has evolved At the time of Draculas conception the notion of vampires and werewolves was based purely on superstition and speculation Through the character of Abraham Van Helsing the reader is informed of the characteristics of the vampire The vampire live on and cannot die by mere passing of time he can flourish when that he can fatten on the blood of the living Even more we have seen amongst us that he can even grow younger that his vital faculties grow s tenuous and seem as though they refresh themselves when his special pabulum is plenty pg252 This type of creature in the 19th century was thought of by many scientific minds as ludicrous Van Helsing struggles when he tries to convince the other men of the existence of vampires A year ago which of us would have received such a possibility in the midst of our scientific skeptical matter-of-fact nineteenth century pg252 It was not until late in the
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