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Comparing male antagonists in Francis Ford Coppola's film Bram Stoker's Dracula and Anonymous' short story The Mysterious Stranger

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  1. The male antagonists: Dracula and Azzo von Klatka
  2. The young female protagonists: Mina and Franziska

Anonymously written and translated from German into English, then published in 1860, "The Mysterious Stranger" is a tale which can irrefutably be compared to Bram Stoker's Dracula, published in 1897. It is unknown if Stoker was inspired by this anonymous author, but readers of vampire tales conclude that the two stories have uncanny similarities; such as a male warrior antagonist yearning for the blood and love of the young, beautiful female protagonist. Both tales have an impossible night-time journey in April, through the Carpathian Mountains to large, strange castles with packs of wolves howling in the distance. Francis Ford Coppola's film Bram Stoker's Dracula, released in 1992, makes these parallels even more apparent when seen on the big screen. A consistent theme of these works is male antagonists, in which the sub-theme of their desires collectively aids in each story's conclusion. Both vampires lust for each of these tempting women, acting as though there is nothing to stop them from attaining their desire of love. However, at the end of each story, each incumbent spirit is eternally destroyed.

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