Throughout the novel, Stoker keeps Count Dracula in the shadows, both literally and figuratively. This essay will describe these appearances and analyze Stoker’s use of them to determine what effect they might have on the impression of the character and the novel overall. It will be claimed that by keeping his title character hidden for much of the novel, Stoker’s Dracula is made much more frightening to the reader. Human beings tend to fear the unknown, and by leaving Dracula to the imagination,
The novel was out of the ordinary for the Victorian audience and religion was still important to them. I agree that Bram Stoker focused on aspects of Christianity and sexuality within Dracula. I was left with this interpretation upon reading the novel. There are countless instances in which Stoker incorporates Christian symbolism. The host is the most used literal object of
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. In the three
Dracula For a long period of time, literature was focused on real life circumstances often lacking sinister characteristics. During the Gothic Era, literature began to take a turn towards the dark side. Stories written during this period were filled with terror, isolation and darkness. The presence of supernatural beings and experiences were incorporated in to these writings as well. Stories written during the Gothic Era have a dark nature to them.
In Wuthering Heights, the house is haunted by its residents but tis residents are also haunted by the house and if it were not for the struggle of those within the house, the story would not have occurred. 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
By the time Dracula was published, the reading public was steeped in vampire tales. Stoker drew on the existing tropes to create a lasting horror masterpiece that has become a cultural staple. The character of Count Dracula has since appeared in more than 200
Monsters and Narrative : The construction of the fears from within the text in Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Gothic literature, more often than not, deals with monsters. The monster is a representation of the strongest fears and the more hidden desires of the society in which the book is written. In The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as in Frankenstein, this fear is also contrasted with the narration of each story. In other words, the fear represented through each monster is exalted with the way each story is narrated. In both stories the monster is a creation of scientific research but each one threatens the world in different ways.
When Van Helsing presents the evidence of what is happening to Lucy is because of Dracula, and Sewards says, “I am willing to accept”(287). Seward is not fully accepting the existence of superstitions, but he beings to think of them. Stoker’s Dracula greatly demonstrates how the Victorian Society can look over the technological advancements and use something that has been available for thousands of years,
Walton ultimately adds great amounts of suspense in the mysterious character known as Victor Frankenstein, and the outcome of the novel right away in the book. The story of Victor and the creature is told to Robert Walton, and the entire book was based out of his eyes and what was told to him by Frankenstein. The reader may be missing a key part of the relationship between Victor and the creature but the readers will never know because the book can only have in it what Robert Walton was told by Victor. Robert Walton only has a minimal part in the text of the play, but his role in helping the reader relate to Victor is bigger than every other character in the
Vampires are far more than fictional characters in films, or books, they represent “metaphors about life and death, sexuality and gender, cultural identities, and even political ideologies” (Hobson and Anyiwo 1). Every depiction of vampires investigates messages