The Central Idea Of Fear In Bram Stoker's Dracula

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The central idea of this excerpt from Dracula was the fear of the prisoner living in the castle of Count Dracula who felt trapped and alone. The authors use of first person point of view of the prisoner was able to develop this central idea of fear because prisoner was able to describe his feelings first hand living in the castle with the Count as well as emphasize the thoughts that were scattered inside of his head during this time. An example of the author using first person point of view to help develop the central idea of fear was when the prisoner had realized that he was helpless in the situation of his current living conditions. The prisoner said "I think I must have been mad for the time, for I have behaved much as a rat does in a trap" (lines 4-5). The prisoner was acknowledging that he had no power in escaping because in everything he tried to do to escape from being alone, he was either trapped or blocked. The prisoner had feared being alone and that was exactly what happened to him. The authors use of first person point …show more content…

When the prisoner was looking "towards the South", he said "There was some sense of freedom in the vast expanse, inaccessible though it was to me, as of compared with the narrow darkness of the courtyard. Looking out of this, I felt that I was indeed in prison, and I seemed to want a breath of fresh air, though it were of the night" (lines 38-41). Along with this, a feeling had overcome the captives body and he said, "I feel the dread of this horrible place overpowering me; I am in fear-in awful fear-and there is no escape for me; I am encompassed about with terrors that I dare not think of" (lines 55-56). The use of the first person point of view of the prisoner was able to establish the central idea of the fear that he was imprisoned and was not going to be able to

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