In Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, there are plenty of characters that have remarkable traits, but Abraham Van Helsing stands out the most. Van Helsing is one of the most interesting people in the novel. He is incredibly smart and the most knowledgeable person on Dracula and vampires. Although Van Helsing is more of a static character in Dracula, he is not to be overlooked. He possesses powerful traits to make him admirable such as, leadership and intelligence. Van Helsing is the leader to most characters throughout the novel. It starts when Dr. Seward reaches out to Van Helsing for help with Mina to diagnose her and give her proper medication. Seward brings him out to help because he trusts Van Helsing to find out what is causing Lucy’s illness. …show more content…
Seward, Quincey Morris, and Arthur Holmwood are all surprised and intrigued with the learning of Van Helsing’s knowledge on vampires and the fact that he is a vampire hunter. Van Helsing is the leader of the group when they go off to kill vampires. He formulates the plans to end Dracula’s evil reign and terror. Van Helsing is a great leader, and the most significant trait in him that helps him be a great leader is that he is intelligent in many different fields of medicine and is far more advanced scientist than anyone else of his time. Dr. Seward writes to Van Helsing and it can be known on how intelligent Van Helsing is right away by writing to him. On Van Helsing’s letter written in response to Seward’s, it is marked “Abraham Van Helsing, MD, DPH, D. LIT., ETC., ETC.,” (122). The man is a walking university! Van Helsing has everything planned on a schedule and does everything to the best of his ability. He will not stop his task until it is finished to his standards. Van Helsing had the thought that Lucy may have fallen prey to Dracula once he observed her and noticed puncture wounds on her neck. The thought of a vampire had caused her illness came into his mind and he did not rule it out, but he did not want to
Lit, ETC, ETC” (Stoker 130) and is using the newest technology, he is also a connoisseur of vampires and superstitious methods how to destroy them. His knowledge of medicine and folklore enable him to solve Lucy’s condition as he explained to Harker “You are a clever man, friend John. You reason well, and your wit is bold, but you are too prejudiced.” (Stoker 202). He puts garlic flowers in Lucy’s room and tells Arthur that the only way to kill a vampire is to drive a stake through their heart.
The monster slayer Van Helsing is sent to Transylvania to help the last of the Valerious bloodline in defeating Dracula. Anna finds out that Dracula has built an unholy alliance with Dr. Frankenstein’s monster. And is going to put on exacting a centuries old curse on her family. Together Anna and Van Helsing are set out to destroy their common enemy.
The essay I chose to compare Dracula with was “Kiss Me With Those Red Lips: Gender and Inversion in Bram Stoker’s Dracula” by Christopher Craft. The essay explains the sexuality in Dracula, desire, gender, and even homosexuality. Craft mentions his essay gives an account of Stoker’s “vampire metaphor” (Craft 108). He highlights certain and very valid points in the story of Dracula that breaks the Victorian gender role, writing, “a pivotal anxiety of late Victorian culture.” (Craft 108).
During the Victorian period in which Dracula was written, morals and ethics were often strictly enforced. Some of the morals that were upheld had to do with personal duty, hard work, honesty, as well as sexual proprietary. It was very important during this period that one was proper in their sexual behaviors and conventional in whom they had sexual relations with. However, during this period, many authors sought to challenge the ‘norm’ with ideas of reform and change and Bram Stoker was no exception to this. In his novel, Dracula, Stoker provides a critique of this rigidity in his portrayal of Dracula and Dracula’s relationship with Jonathan Harker.
He is considered to be a “threat” to a Victorian woman such as Mina, she becomes his victim by force, which some see as rape. Mina feels violated after being “penetrated” by Dracula. There’s a scene in which helps support the idea of Mina being raped. “With his left hand, he held both Mrs. Harker’s hands, keeping them away with her arms at full tension: his right hand gripped the back of her neck, forcing her face down on his bosom. Her white night dress was smeared with blood, a thin stream trickled down the man’s bare breast which shone by hi torn-open dress.”
His vampire brides assist to Dracula’s dark deeds. What they all have in common is that they prey upon humans. On the other hand, the characters that are considered “good” in the novel are Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, John Seward, Quincey Morris and Arthur Holmwood. Throughout the novel, the good characters are constantly doing generous deeds to save others from Dracula.
What would it be like to be a vampire? What would it be like to have a vampire in one’s life? What were the vampires of folklore like? These topics will be reviewed throughout this essay by comparing four of the vampire books and movies. All the vampire movies have some similarities and differences but four literature pieces in particular will be gone through in this comparison.
At first glance, the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker appears to be a typical gothic horror novel set in the late 1890s that gives readers an exciting look into the fight between good and evil. Upon closer inspection, it becomes apparent that Dracula is a statement piece about gender roles and expectations for men and women during the Victorian age. Looking at the personalities, actions, and character development of each of the characters in Dracula bring to light startling revelations about Victorian society and how Stoker viewed the roles of men and women during this time period. To really understand Dracula, it is important to note that this novel was written during a time “of political and social upheaval, with anxieties not just about the
She is Dracula’s first victim in Britain, and later in the novel she is the first vampire to be killed. Van Helsing is a doctor from Holland-quote. Seward treats him as dear friend, and as a mentor. For everything Van Helsing plans and diagnoses is always considered the best option and rarely contradicted-quote. In this mist of mystery Dracula sets, Van Helsing is the light that sets the pathway out of it.
Dracula's kind of the James Bond of the vampire world: He's super sexy, super quotable, and has had so many faces and identities over the years that it can be a little hard to keep track(ula) of which one's the “best” of the lot. Even within the Castlevania series Dracula himself has taken a few twists and turns, moving from the realm of generic evil end boss to sympathetic hero. And don't forget Kid Dracula, which is 100% not canon but definitely, definitely should be. Dracula could definitely stand to have a little more impish charm in his
Van Helsing describes that Dracula only board the ship “‘at full tide’” (276), which reveals that Dracula can only cross water at low and full tide. This limitation slows down Dracula during his escape, and also made him vulnerable, because if his pursuers got on the ship between low and high tide he will have nowhere to escape. Dracula’s weakness in the water is also a weak point for the East.
For instance, the religious and scientific objects used by the protagonists are put on an equal level and shown working together when Seward states “We each held ready to use our various armaments—the spiritual in the left hand, the mortal in the right.” (Stoker 324). Likewise, Mina’s aforementioned rationalist deduction of Dracula’s escape route is notably said to be made “under God’s providence” (Stoker 373), again suggesting faith and reason working together in harmony. This reconciliation of religion and rationalism is best shown in the character of Van Helsing, who embodies both extremes of the debate. He is described by Seward as “one of the most advanced scientists of his day” (Stoker 122).
Gothic horror novel Dracula, the title character makes only several relatively short appearances, some of which are while in disguise. Throughout the novel, Stoker keeps Count Dracula in the shadows, both literally and figuratively. This essay will describe these appearances and analyze Stoker’s use of them to determine what effect they might have on the impression of the character and the novel overall. It will be claimed that by keeping his title character hidden for much of the novel, Stoker’s Dracula is made much more frightening to the reader. Human beings tend to fear the unknown, and by leaving Dracula to the imagination,
Discuss the way Conan Doyle presents the characters of Sherlock and Watson in the passage. The short story, ‘The Red-Headed League’ by Conan Doyle follows the adventures of detective, Sherlock Holmes in the perspective of his partner Jon Watson, who documents the cases Sherlock takes on, as they solve the mysterious disappearance of a group of red-headed men calling themselves The Red-Headed League. In the passage Sherlock is presented as quite a peculiar and emotionally abnormal character, while the character of Watson is presented as a very loyal friend. Sherlock is portrayed as a character with some very unique tendencies and a very complicated personality.