Analysis Of Dracula By Bram Stoker

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Dracula is a household name; however, the actual meaning is not as well known. The novel Dracula by Bram Stoker contains a unique story, one which due to the structure of the book there are multiple main characters. The book is written in the form of letters, allowing the focus to be on many different people and viewpoints. Dracula starts out with Jonathan Harker an, Englishman, who takes a trip to Transylvania to meet Count Dracula. On his way to the castle he is warned of the dangers of Dracula, however, Jonathan chooses to persist. Once he arrives at the castle he meets the count. Jonathan is told of Dracula’s longing to live in England. After Jonathan left the castle, Dracula, with Jonathan's help moved to England. Dracula’s arrival was…show more content…
Bram Stoker was born in born in Dublin, Ireland in 1847 (Britannica). For much of his life Stoker was a writer, he published his first book The Snake’s Path in 1890. His most popular book Dracula came out seven years later (Britannica). The time in which Stoker wrote books was known as the Victorian era (Victorian Era). “Victorian novels tend to be idealized portraits of difficult lives in which hard work, perseverance, love, and luck win out in the end” (Victorian Era). Dracula follows this theme like many other Victorian novels. The vampire causes many problems in the life of Jonathan, Dr. Seward, and Van Helsing which led them to fight Dracula. The men eventually win this battle, which rids the world of the pest that terrorized for so long. They are successful in beating the immigrant because of the Victorian formula. While the formula played a big part in the novel the main reason for the creation of Dracula was the ongoing events of the nineteenth century. “In the middle of the 19th century, Britain was the richest and most powerful nation in the world. However, in the late 19th century Britain's power declined” (Lambert). Due to Britain’s decline, people were becoming more protective of their land. When others were immigrating into the country the citizens started to get worried. People like Bram Stoker became angry with the newcomers, in the end, he decided to write a book…show more content…
After Jonathan Harker has been in Dracula’s castle for a while he begins to abhor the count. In his journal, he writes about one of his encounters, one in? which he finds Dracula in his place of rest. Jonathan sees the count laying, slightly bloated with a mocking smile. It was at this moment when he realized what he was doing, and the damage he was going to cause to his country. “This was the being I was helping to transfer to London, where, perhaps, for centuries to come he might, amongst its teeming millions, satiate his lust for blood, and create a new and ever-widening circle of semi-demons to batten on the helpless” (Stoker 34). Dracula is coming to England due to the opportunity. He is in search for blood and he dreams of a large city such as London to be his feeding ground. This longing for increased opportunity is one of the major catalysts for immigration. This is the reason many people moved England in the late 19th century. In the late 19th century many Eastern European Jewish people were moving to out of their countries and into new ones (Jewish History). Many of these immigrants were coming from Russia which was caused by the “May Laws” that were put in place by Alexander III in 1882. According to the laws “Jews were banished from all rural areas and towns of less than ten thousand people” (Jewish History). In addition to this, there were strict quotas
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