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How did Dracula become a vampire?

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Bram Stoker, author of the novel "Dracula," never makes the origin of Dracula explicit. Van Helsing implies that he made a deal with the Devil and used necromancy to make himself immortal. In the book, Dracula is introduced as an old man, but he grows younger as he consumes blood.

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How did Dracula become a vampire?
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Stoker's inspiration for the character Dracula was the medieval Transylvanian ruler Vlad Tepes, nicknamed Vlad Dracul, which means "devil" or "dragon." Tepes was not a vampire in Transylvanian legend, but vampires were a prominent part of the cultural lore. It is likely that Stoker wanted to juxtapose Tepes with the vampire myth but did not like the typical Transylvanian origins: red hair, cats jumping over the dead body, suicides and witchcraft, for instance. Instead, his Dracula took charge of his eternity and worked with dark forces to attain immortality.

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