Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article.Join Britannica's Publishing Partner Program and our community of experts to gain a global audience for your work!Vlad impaled his enemies on stakes to consolidate his political power in Walachia.
One night, amid feelings of uneasiness toward Mina’s recent behaviour, Van Helsing and Seward break into her room to find Jonathan unconscious and Mina drinking blood from a gash in Dracula’s chest.
The vampire disappears and returns to Transylvania only to be followed by the determined group.
One night Mina must search for Lucy, as she has fallen back into her old habit of sleepwalking.
When Mina finds her outside near a graveyard, there appears to be a shape hovering over her for a split second.
Soon after, Harker is seduced by three female vampires, from whom he barely escapes.
He then learns Dracula’s secret—that he is a vampire and survives by drinking human blood.Mina is worried, but she is called away once she receives correspondence from Jonathan. They then drape Lucy and her room with garlic—a strategy used to ward off vampires. After her death, many report the appearance of a creature who is attacking children in the area.When Jonathan (who was able to escape Count Dracula’s castle) and Mina return to England, now as a married couple, Jonathan’s accounts of Dracula lead Van Helsing to believe that Lucy contracted vampirism from the count and is the one tormenting the children.Whether Vlad truly consumed blood, the parallels with Stoker’s Dracula remain evident.Some critics, however, have argued that Stoker’s inspiration came primarily from other sources and that Vlad simply provided the name.When Harker meets Dracula, he acknowledges that the man is pale, gaunt, and strange.Harker becomes further concerned when, after Harker cuts himself while shaving, Dracula lunges at his throat.They find him buried in the final box of dirt and promptly cut off his head and stab him through his heart. The vampire hunters also lose one of their own, Quincey Morris, during the expedition. Vlad was born in Transylvania in the 15th century and was known popularly as Drăculea, meaning “Son of Dracul” (his father was surnamed Dracul after being appointed to a knightly order called the Order of the Dragon).This name was derived from the Latin has evolved to mean “devil.” Stoker is thought to have picked the name Dracula after reading a book that revealed to him this modern translation.His notes include the annotation “in Wallachian language means DEVIL,” written in response to .The name, however, is not all Dracula and Vlad III have in common.