In Buffy the Vampire Slayer the audience and the characters in the show see how Buffy is the image of someone who is strong and almost immune to outside forces.  However, in the episode “Buffy vs. Dracula,” we can see that Buffy isn’t always immune to outside forces or so strong. In this episode Buffy encounters Dracula in the cemetery and this starts a chain of common folklore/mythic events that we so often hear about vampires and Dracula.  After Buffy’s attempt at staking Dracula fails, he manifests into a bat and flies away which is a very common myth.  It is assumed that the myth of vampires shape shifting into animals is due to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this is one of the most common myths in regards to vampires.  In old vampire folklore it was believed that the soul of the vampires had left their mortal bodies, leaving an empty shell causing the vampire to appear  pale and dull and left them feeling cold.  In “Buffy vs. Dracula” it is visible that Dracula is both pale and embodies the myth of vampires shape shifting.  One of the biggest vampire folklore to exist is a vampire’s reliance on blood to boost the energy and the vigor of the vampire.  One would probably not expect or even think that Buffy would fall into the trap of a vampire but she is not dealing with just any vampire but the notorious Dracula.  In this episode Dracula enchants Buffy and she becomes susceptible to the influence of Dracula without being aware.  The myths/folklore previously mentioned can be seen throughout the episode when Buffy witnesses Dracula manifest into a bat, when she realizes that she has been fed upon, and how she later learns that Dracula had put Buffy under his spell and made himself irresistible to Buffy.


In class

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

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