Islamic mysticism in Dracula Untold
How many times have you been at the movies and watched a film based on a novel? Many, I suppose.
Nowadays it’s really common to show a literary work in a more glamourous way though a movie. Aaand, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is no exception. The famous gothic novel written in 1897 has been adapted countless times, and not only cinematographically but also in many other forms of art, and I’ll definitely go through this in other posts, since I’m very fond of this book.
What I’m focusing on today is Gary Shore’s Dracula Untold (2014), which apart from being the latest movie adaptation of the novel, also includes a very fascinating poem, “Look at love” by the Persian Muslim poet and mystic Rumi. This specific part of the poem is cited in a couple of scenes, and it is interesting how this literary work of Muslim mysticism is integrated in the plot, which for the most part is set in Transylvania.
“Why think separately
Of this life and the next
When one is born from the last”
And here you go, the last scene, in which the protagonist has survived from the fifteenth century until the present day and finds a woman who remembers him of his departed spouse. He manages to connect with her thanks to the poem itself, which was part of their wedding vows.
You can read the whole poem here. Indeed, if you look at it from beginning to end, contrarily to how it is presented in the movie, the poem is not only a celebration of love, but also of harmony and spiritual connection to nature.
What do you think of the movie, or the poem? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section here.