Date

Fall 2017

Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Gerard Molyneuax

Abstract

This project looks at how Bram Stoker’s character, Dracula, has evolved throughout the past century. The goal is to connect Dracula’s physical, behavioral, and emotional changes to the culture surrounding him. This project is done by examining Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula and a small selection of Dracula films that were produced throughout the past hundred years. The selected films include Dracula (1931), The Return of Dracula (1958), Blacula (1972), Dracula (1979), and Dracula Untold (2014). Through the examination of these films, it becomes evident that Dracula is a reflection of the society in which he exists. The various portrayals of Dracula are shaped by the culture surrounding him. By explaining how Dracula changes throughout the generations as a product of his time, cryptozoologists, film producers, film fanatics, and those with a general interest in vampires can get a better and deeper understanding of Dracula’s character.

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