Dracual: Blood is His Cup of Tea
Blood, it’s transferred, drunk, and spilled in Dracula. It’s a pivotal part of the story, but why is that so? What makes blood special other than the fact that it runs through our veins? To answer these questions, it’s important to look at the basics of what blood is now and what it used to be considered. It’s also important to see the importance of why Dracula, his undead brides, and Lucy were drinking blood.
The blood flowing through our veins is made up of four things: Plasma, white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Each one of these things work to fight infections, carry oxygen to and from our lungs, repair injuries, and keep us alive. It’s a lot more complicated than even all that, but it used to be simpler. Blood was thought to be even more than just something biological; it was thought to be the life essence of the person. It made them who they were and what they were. Women’s blood and men’s blood differed from one another. Like we discussed in class, men’s blood was thought to be stronger, since men were “superior” at that time.
Following the fact that man’s blood was stronger than women’s, it would make sense in the minds of Van Helsing and the others to use their own blood to revive Lucy. They knew she was dying, and because of the symptoms of blood loss, they did a transfusion. They weren’t just transferring blood in a sense though, since blood was also the life force of living things. They were putting their own life force into Lucy to keep her alive. The fact that it’s was a man’s life force, the “stronger” kind, would have been a bonus in the minds of Helsing and the others, since it would help strengthen her.
Looking further at the blood as a life force, helps to explain why Dracula would need to drink it. Since Dracula is undead, he in a sense has no soul, no life force of his own. That means to survive he would need to take in life force to live. It’s the same reason we need to eat and drink to live. We don’t produce our own food, so we have to somehow get it into our bodies. Dracula is using the blood of his victims to stay alive. This same theory applies to all of Dracula’s brides as well as Lucy herself once she becomes undead.
The fact that Dracula needs to take in blood to survive is an easy one to grasp, but another question arises at that, why can’t he take the blood from animals? That might work for Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight”, but it doesn’t work for Dracula. Animal blood was nothing more than blood, it didn’t have the same life-force human blood did. There might have been a scrap of it there, but it was nothing compared to what humans had, since animals were well below humans on a level of power and intelligence. Similar to women, their blood was weaker and thought less of.
Another reason animal blood may not have worked, is the inter species issues that might arise. Humans need human blood; no other blood will work in the body without some complicated scientific experimentation. So, since Dracula was a human, and is similar to one in his undead state, it would make sense that he needs human blood rather that animal blood.
Seeing how blood is important in keeping the undead alive, it also play s apart in there death. Looking specifically at Lucy and Dracula’s deaths, there’s an important connect that says something about their connection to blood. Both are stabbed through the heart and beheaded. The stabbing though the heart stops the flow of blood in a normal human, and could be seen as a symbolic end to the blood traveling though the undead body. The cutting off of the head would make sure they can’t take in anymore life blood, ending their existence. So to kill a vampire, you must make sure they can’t get any more blood, and at the same time, make sure it can no longer run through their bodies. This system effectively cut off the only way for the undead to get blood, which killed them