Vampires has been around for quite some time and many of you would think of Bram Stoker’s Dracula as the best vampire classical book. In fact, even if Dracula was not the first ever literature written about vampires, it is the one that popularized vampires. Bram Stoker did not simply invent the idea of vampires. He based it the stories or tales about the dead not being dead and coming back to take their lover or relatives. More importantly, the setting he used on the novel and inspiration for the character of Count Dracula played a huge part in the novel’s success.
First, let’s see the historical background of Dracula to know how vampires came to be.
Bram Stoker initially thought of using the name “Count Wamypr” for the character of the count but changed it to “Count Dracula” when he became inspired in the life of Vlad Tepes, ruler of Walachia. Vlad’s father was a member of the Order of the Dragon, an order to promote Christianity and defend against the OttomanTurks, thus his name became Vlad Dracul. Dracul means dragon or devil. Naturally, Vlad Tepes became Vlad Dracula which translates to “son of dragon” or “son of devil”.
Vlad Tepes, now Vlad Dracula when he became the ruler of Walachia, was well known for his merciless killings. He used the method of impalement to punish anyone, his enemies, and even his own people who committed a crime against anyone. He would display those who were impaled at the town square so that no one would dare to commit another crime. This method was gruesome but effective because people were now too afraid to commit any crime. Because of this, his capital city was known as the “Forest of the Impales” because of a huge number of people impaled and displayed for all to see.
Setting of Dracula will be posted next.
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