Many people over the years have often asked me one simple question:
“Fiza, why don’t you smile properly?”
I have till date been unable to grasp the full potential of that word ‘properly’ but what I gather from film magazines & these teenage digests is that ‘properly’ means a Cheshire Cat smile with all teeth visible to the viewer’s scrutiny. That I must admit I certainly cannot do because first of all, I rarely smile & secondly…..I’ve got a set of Vampire teeth…..well….tooth! I’ve got a really sharp pointed tooth that could pass of as either a crochet needle or a blood sucking machine where vampirism is concerned.
I’ve been conscious of it for years so to hide it, I give off a sort of ‘half smile’ & basically let my dimple do all the smiling that it wishes to do, so long as I am left alone. However, whenever I see my ‘vampire tooth’ I am always reminded of that Victorian Gothic masterpiece ‘Dracula’ that has enchanted readers for years & which is … a great classic read.
In the novel which I have often recommended to my students, the central figure Count Dracula brandishes a set of razor sharp teeth which on the face value is supposed to be used as the instruments to suck out the live source from victims. My students are fascinated with this subject & therefore are also fascinated with their teacher’s tooth. However, over the years I’ve noticed that the theme of vampirism has been used by almost every kind of author be it horror, terror, romance, fantasy or religious … but the magic of the classic ‘Dracula’ has remained the same & is it not so that old wine tastes the best & which becomes better as the years go by? Classic literature is like that & Bram Stoker’s famous novel ‘Dracula’ is a vintage piece of art.
One can learn a lot from this classic than any other contemporary vampire fiction book:
- Romanian history
- The Biography of Vlad Dracula & the Boyars
- English Victorian Society
- Late 19th Century Medicine
- Late 19th Century Innovations
- The Geography of Eastern Europe etc.
The theme of vampirism is dealt with very well by the author, which makes the book a very informational read as well as a book, which can enrich a student’s vocabulary as well as language speaking skills.
My dentist often has coaxed me into blunting off my tooth, but I guess that like Dracula’s charming & hypnotising persona, even I feel like being a ‘victim’ to the Bram Stoker ‘fiction’ in some way……even if it is in the way of one vampire looking tooth.
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