According to Rosemary, the Victorian gentleman believed that ‘what one can see and prove constitutes reality’ (275). Stoker’s Dr. John Seward embodies this sort of scientific rationality. When he finds out about Lucy Westenra’s illness and somnambulism, he attempts to heal her with blood transfusions: ‘Lucy had got a terrible shock, and it told on her more than before, for though plenty of blood went into her veins, her body did not respond to the treatment as well as on the other occasions’ (Stoker 160). Lecercle points out that blood transfusions can be seen as the inverse of vampirism (71). They are essentially modern medicine’s attempt to bring the supernatural under control.
Lucys friends have to stab her in the heart and cut off her head. Dracula gets to Mina, which is Jonathans wife. Dracula is going after everyone that is close to each other. The Szgany also has a few conflicts with the good characters of the story. He doesn’t deliver Jonathans letters to Mina and they help Dracula.
TO BELONG OR NOT TO BELONG Throughout the gothic history, the vagueness between the “outside” and “inside” has existed for a long time, which is considered as one of the main features of gothic novels. According to this, the development of the differentiation between “outside” and “inside” has encountered two periods, using vampire gothic novels as examples. Firstly, in the novel Dracula, Count Dracula is defined as the “outside”, who yet reflects some human tendency and instinct. Secondly, using the novel Interview with the vampire as an example, the introspective vampires like Louis are considered as the “inside”, who symbolize modern consciousness however lacking in the “outside”. Ultimately the “outside” is transformed into the deeper inside
Blood is involved way more in the story of Dracula than people are able to see just by simply reading the story. During the writing of Dracula, victorian England was a society governed by the strict morals of society. Bram Stoker wrote Dracula in order to voice an opinion on politics and the morality of society when it was incredibly looked down upon to do so in public. The book was significant because it was one of the first to indicate sexual topics in a novel without explicitly saying them. In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Blood is the driving force that transfers the book from plot point to plot point and is active spiritually and physically.
Parkins Gillespie leaves the town on his own accord not wanting to get involved. In the stories, characters tend to let down their guard to the mysterious. For instance in Nosferatu and Dracula(1931), the protagonists willingly go to the castle of the vampire despite warnings given prior. Humans are susceptible to mysterious forces when their survival instinct takes overs, and they fear the unknown. Interestingly enough the ones who survived in the end are the ones who showed self preservation and almost at times didn't show fear, but rather instead of fearing the enemy, they would go against the enemy.
Dracula Sucks While the image of vampires has become vastly distorted through the commercialization of the horror genre to a more comical and tacky depiction of a once-feared fictional monster, Stoker’s use of gothic elements in a Victorian environment, the masked theme of xenophobia that is weaved throughout the novel, as well as the combination of multiple different types of terror frightened Victorian readers and, in some parts, frightens us still today. According to Stephen King in Danse Macabre, there are “three types of terror”: the “gross-out”, comprised of gore and and blood; “horror”, or the supernatural fears like the undead and unnaturally large insects; and “terror”, which is the fear of strange happenings that are disturbing or unsettling without a known cause. (cite) Stoker mainly uses horror to incite fear in his readers over the course of Dracula; the novel’s plot is centered around the existence of a vampire disguised as a Transylvanian nobleman. Stoker also utilizes gross-outs often to adhere to the gothic theme of the
One of the key differences in how these works show the struggle between good and evil is that the main conflict throughout Dracula is a completely different type altogether compared to Jekyll and Hyde. In Dracula, most of the conflict is person-vs-person interaction, while in Jekyll and Hyde, most of the conflict is internal between the personalities of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Near the beginning of Dracula, once Jonathan Harker realizes that Count Dracula is not a normal nobleman, he attempts to convince the Count to allow him to leave earlier than scheduled. The Count appears to comply, leading Jonathan to the door and exercising his ever formal, unnerving diction. This ruse successfully convinces Jonathan and he walks to the door.
Fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. In Dracula, by Bram Stoker, Stoker creates an atmosphere and setting that causes fear and dread throughout the story. Jonathan travel to Transylvania and the evil feeling causes fear, Lucy’s tomb causes fear in the people in town, and the on the way to the castle and where it’s at causes fear. First, Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania for a business trip and ends up trapped in Count Dracula’s castle. On his way up to the castle, Jonathan gets offered objects to protect himself against evil.
In the novel, Dracula, by Bram Stoker Jonathan Harker goes through a trecurous journey escaping the imprisonment of the demonic vampire Count Dracula. After his departure, Harker reuintes with his fianceé Mina Murray, leaving the Count to victimize more people. After awhile, a group of men affected by the Count's possessing join together to destroy him and suceed. Dracula is a great read due to Stokers use of imagery and symbolism. Imagery is used immensly throughout the novel.
Lucy could be a victim, an innocent woman sabotaged by Dracula. When Lucy turns into a vampire, it is made a point to describe how she appears and behaves in opposition to the Lucy we were introduced to before her death. With Lucy as a vampire it gives her many virtues she didn’t possess when she was alive. In this novel she is portrayed as a predatory. The importance of being a virgin in the 19th century is perceived through Lucy’s transition into a ‘she-devil’ once Dracula takes away her purity.