DRACULA Dracula is one most creepy and famous novel that has been written by Irish author Bram Stoker in which included the notorious character vampire Count Dracula. Besides, it has considered a novel with many literary genres for example vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel, and invasion literature. It was published 26 May 1897 in United Kingdom. The main theme of this novel is good vs evil in these two aspects are against society. The evil part is considered the behavior that shows Dracula to kill everyone who interferes in his plans.
This can even allow the reader to possibly ‘fill in the blanks’ about the unknown character with her own fears, adding to the horror of the novel. Count Dracula’s first appearance takes place in his castle in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania when Jonathan Harker arrives to discuss a real estate transaction. When Harker arrives at the castle, he first hears Dracula approaching in an ominous manner before he actually sees the Count. “I heard a heavy step approaching behind the great door, and saw through the chinks the gleam of a coming light,” Stoker writes, “then there was the sound of rattling chains and the clanking of massive bolts drawn back. A key was turned with the loud grating noise of long disuse, and the great door swung back”.
Carmilla is the most obvious counter to the assumption that vampire horror stories began with Bram Stoker. In fact, Western Europe had been raking it in for at least a century before Count Dracula, thanks to terrors stemming from religious misgivings about the crazy amount of imperialism going on at the time. (More on that in a minute.) Remember that summer Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley spent in Lake Geneva with her baby-daddy/future husband Percy and several other writers in 1816, during which she wrote Frankenstein. Poet Lord Byron, also in attendance, and his physician John William Polidori both came away from the summer-long ghost story competition with vampire stories very similar to those later tales credited with the genre’s genesis.
Many of the stories written during the Gothic Era include supernatural creatures like vampires, werewolves, and witches. Along with supernatural creatures, paranormal activity was introduced during this period. Dracula includes many supernatural beings that play an important role in the story. Dracula is about a vampire named Count Dracula. At the time, people didn't much about supernatural creatures.
In the novel Dracula, author Bram Stoker creates a peculiar situation that pushes the main characters to decipher the supernatural from reality. Originally thought of as a myth, Dracula quickly becomes something more than the supernatural. By slowly building the conflict of Dracula himself, Stoker depicts all stages of the change from believing that Dracula is a fictitious character to being face to face with Dracula himself. As he terrorizes the lives of the characters in the novel, they soon come to the realization that Dracula is more than what they formerly believed, and in actuality he is their harsh reality.
When compared to how influential it was during the Victorian era, Dracula has become increasingly significant over the past decades. This can be attributed to the fact that, in actuality, the story only acquired its legendary classic status in the 20th century, when the cinematic versions appeared. In order to write the masterpiece described by many as “the sensation of the season” and “the blood-curdling novel of the century”, Bram Stoker had to engage in extensive research of vampirism; as a matter of fact, a Romanian prince named Vlad was Stoker’s inspiration for the main character of Dracula. Thus, the story of the mysterious aristocrat who lives in a castle in the remote region of Transylvania, Romania, became play and film.
The Battle of Love Love is a powerful force that is used in this world for both good and evil which this book displays. Dracula, written by Bram Stoker in 1897, is one of the greatest stories showing the truth that love conquers all evil. Jonathan Harker, a real estate seller, is going off to Transylvania to visit Count Dracula, a man supposedly interested in buying many estates across London. To Jonathan’s demise, Dracula turns out to be a dark and twisted creature and in the end escapes from the castle. After his hard journey, he and his now wife Mina will head back home to encounter a similar tragedy that has happened to Mina’s friend Lucy.
To Victorians, the characters and actions within Dracula were very scandalous. For example, the exchange of blood. During this time period, the exchange of blood was seen as an intimate task between two people. In the beginning of the novel, Lucy Westenra is a victim of Dracula as he regularly consumed her blood. It was decided that Lucy wasn’t doing very well
Finally in Dracula, the castle is as much of an oppressive and astounding force as it owner, it was like a labyrinth to be understood much like the Count and his various secrets. Thus, the setting in these stories is tied to its characters and the story’s development. They serve the function of showing the development of the story and its characters as well as being symbols of the Gothic in these gothic
1. Introduction For most people the word vampire is connected to blood-drinking creatures that wander through the night and hunt down defenceless victims in order to drain their blood. Many might have monstrous figures in mind that come straight out of horror films, or maybe some others imagine a romanticised version, i.e., the protagonist Edward Cullen, from Twilight. In sum, for the majority, vampires represent blood sucking creatures that exist in fantasy, horror, and romance, but are left to be in fictional realms of literature and movies.
Various gothic elements are depicted by the following gothic writers: Washington Irving, Richard Matheson and Edgar Allan Poe; elements such as: entrapment and supernatural characteristics are illustrated in the short stories: “The Devil and Tom Walker;” “Prey;” and “The Raven.” Entrapment was a significant element represented in all of the short stories aforementioned. In, “The Devil and Tom Walker,” soon after Tom Walker established his broker’s shop in Boston “he made money hand over hand, became a rich and mighty man, and exalted his cocked hat upon "Change." He built himself, as usual, a vast house, out of ostentation, but left the greater part of it unfinished and unfurnished, out of parsimony. He even set up a carriage in the fulness of his vain-glory, though he nearly starved the horses which drew it”(Irving 326).
The novel, Dracula, recounts a "holy war" of good versus evil. There are characters in Dracula that are either good or evil. Who is good? Who is evil? As soon as the novel is opened, readers realize that there is probably a central person who is evil and a group of people that want to destroy Dracula in some way who are good.
Edgar Allen Poe uses literary devices to express suspense and horror such as foreshadowing, mood, and tone. The author also uses key words and terms to show irony and mood. One example of irony is, “(for the shutters were close fastened through fear of robbers)” (Poe, 62). This is an example of situational irony because the old man thought the crime was going to be committed by someone outside of the home but was committed on the inside by the old man's roommate.