The history of super-villains and superheroes in literary works is long and well documented. Almost all villains and heroes have one or more extraordinary ability, which is offset by one serious weakness, which will play an elaborate role in the story. A perfect example of this is a literary classic that stands the test of time and still appeals to the modern reader is Bram Stoker’s, Dracula. Bram Stoker, did not invent the vampire or the vampire’s mystical powers, they were brought on by superstition to explain the unexplainable. Dracula’s abilities and limitations were often influenced by superstition. Dracula has the ability to command the behavior and thoughts of animals, his can shape-shift into the form of mist, a wolf or a bat. On the other hand he must obey certain laws of nature, why we do not know.
During the time Dracula is in England he often travels in the shape of a bat, wolf, or mist so he can have the freedom of going unnoticed by the people.
1. “Then outside in the shrubbery I heard a sort of howl like a dog’s, but more fierce and deeper. I went to the window and looked out, but could see nothing, except a big bat.” (Stoker 150)
3. “He can come in mist which he creates-that noble ship captain proved him of this.” (Stoker 253)
Although his ability to change form comes is in handy, when he is unable to use it that is when his other power comes to work
When he is powerless to do certain tasks he often calls upon the creatures of the night to do his biding.
1. “…It was only after the escape of the wolf was made known, and we had been up all night a-huntin’ of the Park for Bersicker, that he remembered seein’ anything. My own belief was that the `armony `ad got into his `ead.” (Stoker 145)
2. Dracula frequently summons wolves to do his bidding
3. Commands wolf to leave zoo and attack Lucy
All good things come to an end including Dracula’s arsenal of super powers.
As with every creature of this earth, Dracula has certain weaknesses and set rules to follow.
1. “He may not enter anywhere at the first, unless thee be some one of the house hold who bid him to come” (Stoker 253)
2. “His power ceases… at the coming of the day.” (Stoker 253)
3. “Then there are things which so afflict him that he has no power, as the garlic that we know of.” (Stoker 253)
In the end his amazing arsenal of super powers could not help him avoid his inevitable fate.
In conclusion, Bram Stoker’s Dracula turned out to be a very exciting and fascinating novel. The plot was well written with plenty of suspense and thrills. Dracula captures the fear and the imagination of the reader. In the end good triumphed over evil, Dracula’s power could not help him over come his weaknesses, which were cleverly exploited Van Helsig and his friends, to put an end to Dracula’s reign of terror.