Dracula, By Bram Stoker The Superstition That Made The Supernatural Powers

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Bram Stoker did not invent the vampyre or the vampyres supernaturalpowers, they were both brought to you in part by superstition. Superstitioninfluenced the abilities, limitations, and characteristics, Stoker gave Draculaby giving an explanation for un-scientific happenings. For example: 'Theancients believed that a mans shadow and his reflection in some measurerepresented his soul.'[Ashley 3] Could this be why Dracula cast no shadowand showed no reflection in mirrors? 'Superstition links causes and effectsin ways that defy logic and fail all impartial tests.'[1] The supernatural alsogoes counter to logic in truly astounding ways.Dracula's supernatural abilities were based on ancient superstitions andfears of the time period. The beginning of the book, also, was set upon theday of May third- St. Georges Eve- 'when the clock strikes midnight, all theevil 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 - thismight 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 thatdark/night represents evil and day/light represents good, which would explainwhy he is powerless in day time. He can become or commandeer certaincreatures: the rat, the owl, the bat, the wolf, the fox, and the dog- allcreatures 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, asfar 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 can at times vanish andbecome 'unknown' - and as we all know, people are afraid of what they cannot see, what they do not understand, and what they do not know. These areonly a few of his abilities, but you can see where superstition has affected theselection of powers which Stoker has bestowed...

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