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Analyzing Bram Stokers Dracula, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Nosferatu (1922, dir. F. W. Murnau) I've realized that the physical appearance of the Vampire has drastically changed. The important part about the molding of a vampire is what era or culture has developed this creature. Within Nosferatu (1922, dir. F. W. Murnau) the vampire takes on a more classical look. The creatures is presented as an old digesting looking creature. Now, take a look at the time this image was made, during this time societies view on mythical beings or anything that seemed to question the morals of a religious life was rejected from society. In this specific film dracula is an outcast who is secluded to himself. When he reaches town the common mob is after him to lead him to his destruction. These views during this time of culture is what led to the very ugly representation of the Nosferatu (1922, dir. F. W. Murnau) Dracula. In Bram Stokers film and the tv series Buffy the Vampire, the mold of the vampire changed greatly. This change was brought from the change within society and culture. Todays culture accepts the idea of vampires and instead of turning them into hideous creatures who cannot seem to find a place to fit in, we take them and place them in our society as if they are almost as human as us. The physical image of this change is shown first when in Bram Stokers Dracula film the vampire is shown as a young prince who attracts beautiful women. In this case Dracula is created to be more of an attractive figure that women find appealing rather than disgusting. In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the vampires are also young and seem to be an average teenager. Creating this image helps the audience or society to relate to this creature. Also it can create sympathy for the monster if they feel like they can be comfortable around it rather than run from it.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 5, Episode 1, "Buffy vs. Dracula." 

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Nosferatu (1922, dir. F. W. Murnau)

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Bram Stoker's Dracula (dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 1992)

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