From Vlad Dracula to LestatFrom Vlad Dracula to Lestat De Lioncourt.From Vlad Dracula to Lestat9 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Of vampires it can be said that one thing has not changed through time; they are beings that live by extraction of another's blood. They hunt in the night and are synonymous of evil. The creatures' representations, however, respond to the time and place the story is being written as demonstrated by the many differences between Bram Stoker's Dracula and Anne Rice's Lestat De Lioncourt in The Vampire Chronicles. The differences embedded in the historical and sociological context of these works is no clearer than in the arena of masculinity where Dracula is hyper-masculine and Lestat is a bisexual dandy.
According to Clieve Leatherdale, an expert on European folklore and mysticism, the romantic view of the literary vampire in Northwestern Europe is that of a refined aristocrat educated in classical traditions and endowed with charm beyond the mere mortals surrounding him or her (102-3). Both Stoker's Count and Rice's Lestat conform to this rule. D