The Myth Of Dracula

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The Myth Of Dracula

  1. 1. What is true and what is fiction ? The myth of Dracula
  2. 2. <ul><li>Did you know that Vlad Dracula was a real person? He wasn’t a criminal or a ghost – he was a real prince! </li></ul><ul><li>We know about Dracula not from movies or legends – the name </li></ul><ul><li>Dracula became popular </li></ul><ul><li>after the main character </li></ul><ul><li>Of a BOOK written by an </li></ul><ul><li>Irish writer in 1897. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Vlad III the Impaler (also known as Vlad Dracula 1431 – 1476 ) was Prince of Wallachia , a former country that is now part of Romania . </li></ul><ul><li>His was king for 3 times: in1448, from 1456 to 62, and in 1476. </li></ul><ul><li>Vlad is best known for the exceedingly cruel punishments he imposed during his reign. That is why he became inspiration for the vampire main </li></ul><ul><li>character in Bram Stoker 's popular Dracula </li></ul><ul><li>novel. </li></ul><ul><li>Abraham &quot;Bram&quot; Stoker was an Irish </li></ul><ul><li>writer, and author of the horror novel Dracula . </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Before writing Dracula , </li></ul><ul><li>Stoker spent eight years </li></ul><ul><li>researching European </li></ul><ul><li>folklore and stories of </li></ul><ul><li>vampires! </li></ul><ul><li>Stoker's inspiration for the </li></ul><ul><li>story was a visit to Slains Castle near Aberdeen. </li></ul><ul><li>The novel is about a young solicitor, Jonathan Harker , who travels to Transylvania to sell a house to a nobleman named Dracula. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>He soon realizes that the Count </li></ul><ul><li>is a vampire. </li></ul><ul><li>Dracula traps Harker in his </li></ul><ul><li>castle, and travels to England in </li></ul><ul><li>search for Jonathan's fiancée, </li></ul><ul><li>Mina Murray (in the picture). </li></ul><ul><li>Because of this, the other characters, </li></ul><ul><li>led by Professor Abraham van Helsing, </li></ul><ul><li>go on a mission to find and kill Dracula. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Dracula wanted to take Mina with him to his castle because she looked exactly like his wife, whom he loved more than anything. </li></ul><ul><li>According to the legend, while Dracula was fighting in a battle, his wife received false news of his death. </li></ul><ul><li>She was so desperate, that she threw herself off the balcony of their castle. </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>When Dracula saw his dead wife, he decided to sell his soul to Devil to get her back. </li></ul><ul><li>The name Dracula was applied to Vlad during his lifetime. It was derived from Drac, a Romanian word that can be interpreted variously as &quot;devil&quot; or &quot;dragon&quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>Vlad's father had joined the Order of the Dragon, a Christian brotherhood dedicated to fighting the Turks. The name Dracula means son of Dracul or son of the dragon or devil. </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Vlad's brutal manner of terrorizing his enemies earned him the nickname &quot;the Impaler&quot; . </li></ul><ul><li>Impalement is a method act of torture and execution whereby a person is pierced with a long stake . </li></ul><ul><li>The stake would usually be planted in the ground, leaving the </li></ul><ul><li>impaled person </li></ul><ul><li>hanging to die slowly </li></ul><ul><li>and vary painfully. </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>The use of impalement as a form of execution was used in Ancient Egypt , Ancient Persia India . Impalement was frequently practiced in Europe in the Middle Ages . </li></ul><ul><li>The Zulu of South Africa used impalement as a form of punishment for soldiers who had failed in the execution of their duty. </li></ul><ul><li>Vlad III Dracula , learned the method of killing by impalement while staying in Constantinople , the capital of the Ottoman Empire (now Turkey). </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>The Hollywood version of the book was made in 1992 by Francis Ford Coppola . </li></ul><ul><li>Dracula was played by Gary Oldman, Mina by Wynona Ryder, Professor Professor Abraham Van Helsing who kills Dracula by Anthony Hopkins and Mina’s husband by Keanu Reeves. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Answer to the following questions: <ul><li>Who was Prince Vlad Dracula? </li></ul><ul><li>Why was he called “Vlad the Impaler” </li></ul><ul><li>Who was Abraham Stoker? </li></ul><ul><li>What inspired him to write his novel? </li></ul><ul><li>What happened to Vlad’s wife? </li></ul><ul><li>What is “impalement”? </li></ul><ul><li>What happens in the “Dracula” movie? </li></ul><ul><li>Why does Dracula want to kidnap Mina? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you know about the Hollywood movie “Dracula?” </li></ul>
  12. 13. What do these word mean? Search in www. thefreedictionary.com <ul><li>Solicitor – </li></ul><ul><li>Impaling – </li></ul><ul><li>Novel – </li></ul><ul><li>To exceed – </li></ul><ul><li>Reign – </li></ul><ul><li>Fiancée – </li></ul><ul><li>Stake – </li></ul><ul><li>Brotherhodd - </li></ul>

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