Eastern Europeans gave rise to Vampires and Werewolves hundreds of years ago and their monsters still are a popular theme in today’s culture. But what is it about these monsters that intrigued people so much back then and still today? “Vampires represent the things our society is afraid of: danger, death, sexual desires, and power. The vampire is a lonely creature, an outsider, and many people identify with the feelings of being the outsider amidst society” (1 ). <p style="margin:0px0px11px;text-indent:0.25in;">When we take a closer look at just how the vampire, more specifically Dracula, we can see that he represented the creature in society we fear but still want to secretly be, you can understand why this monster was the scapegoat to a society trying to express itself. In Nosferatu, the silent movie decides to portray the vampire as an unpleasant looking man, with hairy eyebrows, pointy ears, and sharp teeth, while in the Dracula movies of 1931 and 1992, you can see Dracula getting a much more cleaner and sharper look and even shows him as a comical figure capable of feelings and love in the 1992 film. Fandom communities have allowed people to put their own twists on their favorite characters and allow the fans to select what part of the traditional depiction they want to keep in these new interpretations. In fandom communities people are “no longer inscribed in that men do this and women do this. Everybody in a sense is gender equal” (2 ).
Victorian authors could not talk freely about sex, they found ways to do so without actually referring to the actual physical act” (3 ). It was during this time that Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” made its first appearance. The first portrayals of the vampire depict it as horrible monster, living in coffins or graveyards, with a dark purpose to torture the innocent at night with no remorse yet Dracula is alluring, dangerous, mysterious, and he focuses exclusively on beautiful, unmarried women” (3 “The Victorian period is a key moment in the history of sexuality; it is the era in which the modern terminologies we use to structure the ways we think and talk about sexuality were invented” (4 ). Le Fanu's "Carmilla" and Bram Stoker's Dracula, the female vampires disrupt the Victorian ideas about female gender and sexuality.
From demon to playing comical acts in children’s movies, Dracula has evolved significantly since his first appearance in early literature, but even still, his main purpose has been to allow people to express themselves in ways society would otherwise frown upon.