A good answer is given by Carol A. Senf in his book The Vampire in the 19th Century English Literature where he notes that such beliefs go far beyond the place itself, and that “the vampire was simply one more example of a mysterious subject that appealed” (1988: 21) by virtue of its Orientalism. As he explains it Dracula symbolized an idea of the sensational that attracted the reader, and not the essence of Transylvania or its historical
Introduction Literature has proved to be throughout time a powerful tool for creating enduring myths, legendary characters and fictional stories, making thus the truth irrelevant as long as the narrative was gripping. Such aspects, together with the context and period into which a novel was written brought to life stories that have become immortal and are going to last for eternity. This seems to be the case of the 19th century author Bram Stoker, who, upon fact, legend and fiction brought to life his eponymous vampire: Count Dracula, a sinister and monstrous predator who thrived on the blood of living souls. Regarded by many as the defining work of Gothic fiction, Stoker’s fin-de-sìecle novel achieved a pervasive hold on Western imagination, transforming it into one of the most lasting literary myths of all times. Hence, it comes as no surprise that when we say “vampire” we immediately think of Dracula, and such has been the superstition created around this character that nowadays it is impossible to allude to Romania, and particularly to Transylvania, without thinking of it as the home of Dracula.
No horror novel has achieved the notoriety of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Vampires today would not be so popular in horror if not for Stoker’s revamped version of the classic Eastern European bloodsucker. Having come at a time when xenophobic novels were extremely popular, Dracula has kept its relatability despite the test of time. Aside from its hold as a horror novel, Dracula endures because it serves as a reminder of how society works alongside authority figures and the powerless, and from its definition of human values. The Victorian Era is known for a pious, sexless society where women were considered inferior.
In the Romantic ballads introduced in the first chapter 'vampirism' is depicted as a consequence rather than the cause of action. Die Braut von Korinth deals with clash between a new religion and old paganism, while Lenore and Der Vampyr depict religious transgressions and their punishment. In all three cases, vampirism is treated as a symptom of another underlying issue. After the discovery of a character being a vampire, which often marks the resolution of the story, there is no further action to take. Starting with Polidori's novella, vampirism functions as a turning point or even an initial point for a narrative; Aubrey discovers Ruthven's nature after approximately one third of the discourse.
Kiera J. Perryman Instructor Toni J. Weeden Honors Senior English 17 November 2017 The role of novels and alchemy in Victor’s life Not everything presents itself to be obvious. Throughout the first portion of the “Frankenstein” novel, several notable scientists names were mentioned several times. Their interests and pursuits in their lifetimes were subtly referenced towards Victor’s story and his influence to reanimate life. Mary Shelley was an educated woman, which not many readers would know unless they dove deeper into the story of said scientists. One of the most alluded scientists in Shelley’s novels is none other than Cornelius Agrippa.
Abstract: Dracula is a Gothic horror novel by the Irish author Bram stoker. There have been so many permutations of the Dracula and vampire theme in modern culture in print, television and film that it is easy to forget how it all started; with the publication of the Dracula novel in 1897. In fact, Bram Stoker did not invented the idea and the legend of Dracula or vampire, but his fictional story brought all the myths and legends together on one table that were already in existence into a cohesive whole. Stoker 's tale of the Count Dracula caught the imagination of the Victorian audience and continues to appeal to readers to this day. The adaptation of this legend and myth to different other stories and movies is a mile stone in English literature.
Analyzing King’s work, one can see how strong Lovecraft legacy is and will be. Reading both authors got me to a conclusion about horror novels and horror movies: Everything is connected to the most basic instinct of all, survival; and that the human being is not as powerful as we think we are. Introduction Howard Phillips Lovecraft was one of the greatest writers belonging to the last part of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. His style resembles to that of the Dark Romantics such as Melville, Poe, etc. whom Lovecraft said were an enormous influence on him.
The suspense and surprise in And Then There Were None According to Alewyn, the essential features of a well-written murder mystery should be the suspense and surprise (184). Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None is a murder mystery, which is still continually complimented by different readers and has been adapted many times for television and for film because she through characters and characterization, plot, and setting makes this detective story fully combine the suspense and surprise. Characters can be defined as any person, animal, or figure represented in a literary work, each with its own development and function (Abrams 45). Characterization meant to establish the distinctive characters (Abrams 47). Plot is the series of events that form the story of a novel, play, and film (Abrams 294).
TITLE The horror and mysteries that surround modern culture today through literature, films, and holidays can almost always be attributed to Bram Stoker. Stoker’s most famous novel Dracula focused on the dark side of human nature, realism, and female sexuality that was unheard of during the Victorian Era. Dracula was critiqued and over analyzed by many for the controversial topics that laid in his text. With these topics he challenged different writers and their viewpoints of society during the Victorian Era and affected the way authors today have more control in their writings. Bram Stoker helped pave the way for writers such as Linda D. Addison and Michael Moorcock allowing them to go into grave detail about horror, science fiction, and fantasy in their works of literature.
“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.