Comparing The Lost Boys, Dracula And Peter Pan

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Common threads in The Lost Boys, Dracula and Peter-Pan   

    In The Lost Boys there are similar occurrences and references to both of the novel Dracula, by Bram Stoker and Peter Pan, by Sir James Barrie. There are many similarities between the three story lines. In the stories of all three works there is a common thread of story it all started with Dracula.

The story of Dracula has many components of it used in the film The Lost Boys. The comparison’s begin with the vampire. Dracula is centered around the main vampire, Dracula. Dracula has many powers and ways he can alter reality. In the novel Bram Stoker's Dracula we see that there is a power struggle. In all of the universe, no one being has complete control over another. In Dracula God, Dracula, Nature, and Humanity have some form of dominance over another, whether it be direct control or as the instrument through which another must exert its power. In this paper we will examine the different ways that control and power are used.

Just some of The vampire’s numerous powers are: He can turn humans into the Undead, he is virtually immortal, he has the ability to grow younger by drinking blood, he casts no shadow, he casts no reflection, he has the ability to crawl along walls, he has the ability to control animals, he can control the weather and he also has the power to transform his own shape. Here we can see these powers.

Dracula can turn humans into the Undead. An example is the three women whom he has turned into vampires, creatures of the night. Renfield desires to be made into a creature of the night. He views Dracula as his master and seeks only to serve him. Lucy is made into a vampire by Dracula. However, the most memorable person he has given birth to as vampire is Mina. Dracula and Mina had to exchange blood with each other to have this be possible. First he must take her blood, and secondly she must take his blood to make her a vampire.

Dracula is near immortality (he cannot die from the passage of time or from disease). Dracula has survived for century’s, and there was only one way he could die. The only way he can be killed is to have a stake driven through his heart, then have his head severed. Dracula has the ability to grow younger by drinking blood. His feeding upon the living keeps him alive or in his case Undead. The blood gives him his youth "in the blood is life!"

Dracula casts no shadow. He is not living and manipulates the light. The light seems to pass right through him. Or another way to look at this would be as Francis Ford Coppola viewed it: He felt that Dracula had a shadow by some means. Dracula’s shadow moved as though he could will the light to do his bidding, or does it go further than that is the shadow a darker side of Dracula? The shadow tries to strangle Jonathan Harker while Dracula stands here.

Dracula casts no reflection. The first time that we have a notion that he does not like mirrors is when Jonathan Harker makes the...

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