Vlad the Impaler vs
Although by now you will have noticed that Vlad the Impaler and Count
Dracula a very different characters, we would like to point out the
following elements which may or may not have influenced Bram Stoker in
the creation of his fearsome character.
- Dracula's cape may have been based
on the red and black cape worn by members of the Order of the
- Killing a vampire by driving a stake
through his heart is reminiscent of Impalements.
- Vlad the Impaler was Transylvanian,
as is Stoker's character.
- Vlad the Impaler lived in a castle,
which is also known as castle Dracula, and currently a tourists
attraction (although the real castle Dracula lies buried beneath
- While imprisoned, Vlad the Impaler
tortured and impaled rodents and insects. Count Dracula's
lackey, Renfield, devours insects in his cell while imprisoned in
an insane asylum.
- Vlad the Impaler is said to have
consumed human flesh, and to have drunk human blood. Some
also speculate that he suffered from a rare allergy that made him
lose control when exposed to blood, as well as crave it.
- While Vlad the Impaler may not have
been one of the living dead, it is believed his allergy to blood
caused him to have very pale and swollen face.
- Although most movie versions of the
Dracula character were without facial hair, Stoker's character was
a tall man with aquiline features, sporting a long white mustache,
an elderly version of what the real Dracula would have looked
- Harker recalls a conversation with
Count Dracula: "In his speaking of things and people, and
especially of battles, he spoke
as if he had been present at them all."
- In that same exchange, Dracula
explains the origins of his race: "What devil or what witch was
ever so great as Attila, whose blood is in these veins?" He held
up his arms. "Is it a wonder that we were a conquering race, that
we were proud, that when the Magyar, the Lombard, the Avar, the
Bulgar, or the Turk poured his thousands on our frontiers, we
drove them back?"
- Count Dracula alsop ststes that: "Who was it but one of my own
race who as Voivode crossed the Danube
and beat the Turk on his own ground?"
- Van Helsing explains that another
way to insure a vampire will not return is to cut off its head.
Vlad the Impaler was rumored to have been decapitated.
- Van Helsing also theorizes that: "He must, indeed, have been
that Voivode Dracula who won his name against the Turk."
- In Francis Ford Coppola's feature
film "Bram Stoker's Dracula", actor Gary Oldman is shown wearing
an armor sporting the "Order of the Dragon" insignia, and a fair
amount of background is given on the Character which was not in
the book but is based on the historical Vlad Dracula.
- Again, In Coppola's adaptation,
Prince Vlad Dracula's wife Elisabeta is shown committing suicide
to avoid capture in exactly the same manner as Vlad the Impaler's
wife during the capture of his castle by the Turks.
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