vampires final essays.docx - Alison Klevens Professor Mockler SLAV 0880 14 December 2016 Question 4 We have talked a lot about vampirism as a metaphor

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Alison Klevens Professor Mockler SLAV 0880 14 December 2016 Question 4: We have talked a lot about vampirism as a metaphor or analogy for sex and sexuality. Referring to any one or two texts from class, discuss WHAT ELSE besides sexuality vampires or vampirism might represent in that text. In my post for the discussion board, I eluded to some of the aspects of vampirism as parallels to alcoholism and other forms of substance abuse, which came to my attention upon connecting the fictional character of Claudia in Interview with the Vampire to the death of Ann Rice’s kid daughter and how it threw her into an alcoholic spiral. Upon further examination, I have found that this seems to be something that can be seen in quite a few of the novels and films we have examined throughout the semester, especially in The Lost Boys and Dracula . It is obvious that vampirism can be considered a metaphor for addiction due to a vampire’s unrelenting urge to find a moment of relief from their eternal thirst; this release coming in the form of blood. However, it seems to me that the parallels between the two root deeper than that, connecting vampirism with the element of control that drugs have over those who are physically and emotionally dependent on them, along with highlighting the morality struggle that tends to follow abuse and the way it impacts lives. From the well- known knowledge that a long time ago, there were no real restrictions on drugs and how they were often thrown around as potential remedies to anything from a cough to mental illness, I began to entertain the prospect that Bram Stoker used the character of Dracula as an allegory for drugs themselves and the effects they have on those who interact with them. We see drugs and alcohol mentioned quite a few times over the course of the novel in general. When Jonathan Harker is staying in castle Dracula, he writes on multiple occasions during the first couple chapters that he was sure not to drink too much alcohol, most likely so no one would think he hallucinated his experiences in the castle. Additionally, in chapter 8, chloral is mentioned as a remedy for sleep issues with Mina mentioning that she “must be careful not to let it grow into a habit” (Stoker, Chapter 8). The fact that there are a few mentions of drugs and their seemingly unethical uses, it makes sense that the novel could be secretly centered around the implications of addiction. But, it is the relationship between Dracula and Mina that presented to me the most convincing evidence to support this idea.
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