Dracula Strengths And Weaknesses I. Strengths A. Immortal 1. Speaks of history as if he was there 2. Legend in the story states that “un-dead” will go on for eternity 3. Dracula himself states “Time is on my side.” B.
Blood gives him strength and restored vitality 1. Dracula looks younger after consuming blood 2. Renfield explains what Dracula is doing to Mina C. Ability to heal injuries much faster that normal men 1. Throws himself through a window and emerges unhurt 2.
This explains the difficulty involved with killing a vampire D. Has superior strength 1. Harker describes handshake as an “iron grip” 2. Seward’s journal shows that Renfield exhibits great physical strength 3. Bars of a wolfs cage are found bent, probably Dracula 4.
It is found that Dracula can actually handle his”boxes of earth” himself E. Supernatural powers 1. Crawls down the side of his castle 2. Seems to have some control over weather 3. Able to change himself into a mist and also create thick fogs 4. Shares psychic bond with victims F.
Able to command the behavior and thoughts of animals and sometime humans 1. Wolves obey carriage drivers commands, actually Dracula 2. Dracula frequently summon wolves to do his bidding 3. Causes Harker to forget his time spent in Transylvania 4. Commands wolf to leave zoo and attack Lucy 5. Keeps Harker asleep while he attacks Mina G. Able to change form into animals 1.
Large dog jumps off grounded ship 2. A “great bat” is seen quite frequently throughout the story H. Able to make others become Vampires 1. Causes Lucy to become a vampire 2. Process seems to be difficult and involved 3.
Is almost not able to”convert” Lucy because of transfusions II. Weaknesses A. Activities limited to nighttime 1. Dracula cant be found by Harker during the day 2. Harker eventually finds Dracula asleep in his box during the day 3. Dracula is found to have no powers during the daylight hours a.
The men find that Dracula cannot change his shape during the day b. In fact, Dracula loses a great deal of his strengths during the day B. Needs his “boxes of earth” to sleep during the day 1. Dracula takes great pains to bring his boxes with him to London 2. The men realize his need for these and begin to destroy them 3. The count will soon be unable to seek refuge in them so he must retreat.
C. Shares a “bond” with his victims 1. Dracula has access to the minds of those he has victimized but they also have a limited access to his mind 2. Van Helsing hypnotizes Mina and she discovers that Dracula is on a boat D. Dracula has a “bloodlust” 1.
Dracula needs blood to survive, it is his only sustenance 2. Dracula obviously needs to be around a steady supply of blood 3. Because of his need for blood, Dracula is forced to move to London 4. The sight of blood incites Dracula and fills him with a “lust” for it E. Does not cast reflections in mirrors 1.
Harker notices that, oddly, there are no mirrors in the Counts home 2. Dracula does not show up in Harkers shaving mirror F. Holy Wafer 1. This is used by the men to repel Dracula and also keep him out of certain areas 2. They use this to “sterilize” his resting places, making them unusable 3. Used to protect people by making a circle of it around them 4.
Will burn the skin of a vampire or any other “evil” being G. Crucifix or Holy Cross 1. Will also repel Dracula 2. May also have a calming effect on angry people 3. Also used in protecting people from evil, especially Dracula H.
Garlic 1. Will repel Dracula when brandished or worn on body 2. Also used in protecting people from Dracula 3. May be vampire specific as far as its repelling quality goes I. Cutting off head 1. This may or may not be enough to kill a vampire, it is usually accompanied by other means 2. Stuffing garlic in the mouth of the head is likely to prevent regeneration J.
Stake through the heart 1. A stake through the heart is very likely to kill a vampire 2. Again, this is usually accompanied by other means The history of superheroes and supervillains in literary works is long and well documented. The fact that almost all heroes and villains have one or more extraordinary strength or ability that is offset by at least one serious weakness is also well known. An example of this is Superman, whose supernatural strength and powers are drained from him in the presence of kryptonite.
In the gothic realm of literature, the deadly werewolf only has his powers during a full moon and even then he can be killed with a silver bullet. In Bram Stokers “Dracula,” the main character, which the story is named after, follows the literary pattern of powers and failings in that he is given a number of strengths, which in turn are offset, by a number of weaknesses. His strengths are supernatural, powerful, and numerous, however, his weaknesses are also great and numerous, and in the end, damning. The first, and possibly most important, of Draculas powers is his immortality. The possibility that Dracula might be immortal is first presented in his discussion with Harker about the history of Transylvania.
Dracula speaks of the history of his country as if he were there. In this section, Dracula frequently uses the word “we” as if to imply that he was included (39). Later, Van Helsing explains that un-dead will go on for eternity, unless stopped, that is why they must “defile” Lucys body, to ensure that she is dead (254). Final proof of Draculas immortality is shown in his eerie statement, “I spread it (revenge) over the centuries, and time is on my side (365). Along the lines of immortality is the fact that blood gives Dracula renewed strength and vitality.
One day when Harker finds Dracula in his resting-place, he is surprised to discover that Dracula seems to be younger. “There lay the Count, but looking as if his youth had been half renewed..” (67). Renfield, the mental patient in Dr. Sewards care, confirms the fact that Dracula takes the life of others to renew his own, later in the story. Renfield tells them how Dracula victimizes a person until they became a vampire themselves, and that, that is what he did to Lucy and intends to do to Mina.
Another power that is similar to the last two is Draculas ability to heal injuries much faster than a normal person could. When the men confront Dracula at one point, he throws himself through a window and emerges uncut. This serves to explain why it is so hard to kill Dracula. Any normal injury would be healed in short order and death would also be recovered from in time. Draculas next power is his superhuman strength.
Upon meeting Dracula for the first time, Harker is impressed with his iron grip. “..He moved impulsively forward, and holding out his hand grasped mine with a strength which made me wince. (23). At one point in the story, it is discovered that Dracula can handle his large”boxes” which would take tremendous strength because of the dirt inside. Dr.
Seward also discovers that his patient, Renfield (who shares some sort of a bond with Dracula), has been exhibiting great physical strength. At one point in the story Dracula needs the help of a wolf in the zoo, so he bends the bars of the cage to allow the wolf to escape. Draculas next strength is not one of the body, but one of the mind. It seems that Dracula has the ability to perform some supernatural acts such as defying gravity and sharing psychic links with his victims. At the start of the story, Dracula and his supernatural power are discovered.
The men soon find out that Dracula has a limited control over the weather. He is able to send thick enveloping fogs, gusts of wind, and assorted other weathers. Towards the end of the story, through th …