The Myth Of Dracula

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