Paul Constantinescu The Vampire Myth
October 17, 2008
Dracula's Effect on Others
Bram Stoker's novel Dracula tells the story of the greatest vampire that anyone has ever seen. After Dracula comes to London and preys on Lucy, many people from different worlds come together to finally rid London and the rest of humanity of the Count. In the novel, Dracula interacts with many people, sometimes bringing out their best qualities, yet sometimes bringing out their worst ones. He brings out a sense of responsibility and a sense of protection in some, while bringing out a sadistic side in others.
Firstly, the novel begins with a young man, Jonathan Harker, who is on his way to Transylvania to meet Count Dracula to give him all the details of Carfax, the London estate that the Count has recently purchased. In the beginning, people try to warn Jonathan about the dangers of going to see Dracula, yet he brushes off everyone's warnings. One might even call him naïve. However, he quickly realizes that these people were not as crazy as he had believed. After realizing that he is being held prisoner in Dracula’s home, we witness slight changes in his personality. For instance, he believes that he needs to learn more about the Count, therefore one night he questions him about Transylvania as the Count goes on for hours. Jonathan becomes more aware of everything around him, as he is always searching for explanations as to what exactly is going on with the Count. However, the biggest change in Jonathan is witnessed once he has returned home and Dracula initiates Mina. He has bitten her, ultimately leading her to the same fate as her best friend Lucy. Overcome with anger, Jonathan’s personality changes completely. He goes from being a man who thinks out every possible outcome before making a decision, someone who is strategic, to a sort of warrior. It can be argued that this is a bad change while it can...