Dracula as a Foretelling of WWI

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  1. Dan Miller says:

    I think this is a great comparison. Also provides the reader with interesting facts about WWI along with the authors point of view.

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  3. Cdt. Andrew Mengle says:

    I found this article very interesting. It’s interesting to learn that Dracula is as much of a metaphor for war as Baum’s yellow brick road represented the gold standard. Carter shows that Stoker is another author who is able to make a political statement while creating an interesting fictional story that lasts for generations. I am very surprised that this metaphor is not taught in every history class covering World War II.

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      Yes I agree that vampires present a powerful image, and one that comes back in a different form every generation. But all these new breed vampires (True Blood and such) have no freaking weaknesses. If a vampire could walk during the day and have excessive strength and agility, why wouldn’t mankind have been enslaved already in these stories? It makes no sense.

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  4. Andrew benner says:

    I think that what this article is true — Dracula, from what I understand, is kind of foreshadowing of the same fears which actually came true in WWI. Our monsters seem to reflect our societies’ fears at a particular time and place. I think that the author is on the money with this article.

  5. Cadet Baker says:

    After reading this article it is easy to see how well Bram Stoker was able to use psychology to manipulate his readers. The sheer terror he instilled characterizes the collective social mind of England at the beginning of the 20th century. That fear is comparable to the collective social mind of America soon after September 11th with the passing of the Patriot Act and suspicion of those perceived to do people harm. It is no wonder Stoker’s classic theme of terror has stood the test of time.

  6. The idea that literary themes sometimes reflect the thinking of a nation or generation is very clever. After reading the article, I couldn’t help but speculate about the prominence of this correlation in modern times. And, too, does it exist in feelings of greed and optimism? I agree that the conception of zombies grew out of our collective fear of disease, but not because of AIDS. The unreasonable belief that influenza or smallpox will wipe out millions seems like a likelier origin.

  7. Andre Best says:

    Capitalization of fears of the masses is and always will be a great literary device. The idea that stood out from this paper is the personification of war. The extreme detail that Stoker put into creating Dracula is amazing. Dracula as war is a complex personification, but was simple enough to creep into the subconscious of the readers and make the book a classic.

  8. Genesea Carter says:

    I’ve really appreciated all your feedback and thoughts on the link between Dracula, Germany, and WWI. This article is only an excerpt of a larger piece, and, so, if any of you are interested in continuing this conversation, please let me know.

  9. Cadet Jeff Sleger says:

    I think is a great, informative article. The author clearly did a substantial amount of convincing research resulting in an incontestable argument. Very good work, very informational and very helpful for my future papers. This website is outstanding, thank you for your hard work.

  10. fancher says:

    This article is extremely worthy of reading. The similarities between dracula and Germany are worth mention. This article gives the reader a background on Dracula and how it relates to that of Germany invading countries throughout Europe in World War I. The comparison gives the reader a basis for understanding the concepts behind Germany and the first World War.

  11. Cadet Benner says:

    I think that the correlation between the two is very apparent. The author really dives deep with explaining the correlation between the two. I think it is well thought out and explained. Also I can now see how current events relate to the horror movies that we watch every day. I think that you could compare almost all of the horror movies to the current events like AIDs, WWI, WWII, etc…

  12. Peter Jensen says:

    The one big thing that I liked about the whole article was how he compared Dracula and WWI by bringing in facts about the war. There were good facts as well as good comparisons of WWI and Dracula.

  13. Sandor Farkas says:

    Though I believe in the general premise of this essay, I disagree with many of the specifics. there is definitely an indication that Dracula represents the animosity between England (as well as France and the US) and the Germanic states, as well as a mystery surrounding Eastern Europe and its ongoing turmoil. I also believe that the same phenomenon is present in most horror stories: Frankenstein, for example, represents a fear of technology and the power of man. I do find some some of the more minor attempts to connect the stories improbable- I do not believe that poison gas and machine guns have anything to do with Dracula, and I see no concrete evidence aside from opinion.

  14. Cadet Camille Hamilton says:

    This article brings very valid points to attention in Dracula. The use of underlying meaning is ingenious on Stoker’s part and this article emphasizes the correlation. The time and effort in researching Stoker put into this book is very apparent. He put into a story what was happening around him. He created what is essentially in my opinion the definition of a horror story. He brought the common fears of the many into one story. Reading this article brings a whole new though process to reading Dracula for me. Connecting the feared character, Dracula to what Britain feared during that time, Germany. I enjoyed reading this journal and I am quite confident many more will.

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