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”.
They would Abrams explains about the general definition of tropes. Gothic fiction began, since it is widely considered, with the publication of Horace Walpole's The citadel in Otranto in 1764. The gothic trend led pre lit with the creation of protagonist of the tales like Frankenstein and Count up Dracula as by the figment of imagination happened in their dreams. Medieval tropes in Dracula that takes on the middle ages setting with lush unique scenery and the cut off dark castle instils a feeling of dread and uncanniness. The mysterious personality of the novel falls deep in the absolute depths of exploring darker edges of human feelings and does it well to bring about pity and terror among the visitors in the preeminent storytelling format.
Throughout the story, Bram Stoker illustrates how they are incorporated, this can be shown through; the sheer cold-heartedness, and malignant behavior of Count Dracula, which leaves the audience to speculate what causes such behaviors. Bram Stoker allows the reader to understand that Dracula isn’t presumed to be a happy going book and therefore indicates how the reader should fathom the story. Dracula is a tale with various amounts of archetypes. The more predominant ones are; The mother figure, the mentor, the antagonist, the loss of innocence, and life and death. To begin with, in the story Mina Harker is known as the mother figure, this can be seen with the love, compassion, and support that she caters and advises others when they are agitated.
Since Dracula was written in the Victorian era it’s important to acknowledge the differences between our societal hierarchies. This major difference allows certain people to have more control over one another which leads to conflicts. Allowing people to have control leads to dehumanization which further causes inequality. Bram Stoker introduces Dracula 's character as a noble count who enjoys staying in Transylvania due to his well known fame. This position of power ultimately allows Dracula to plot monstrous schemes revolving Jonathan Harker, however, Harkers living testimony reveals Dracula 's true nature as a bloodthirsty vampire.
Throughout the excerpt from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Stoker utilizes diction to convey the central idea that peoples’ worst fears lie in the unknown. In this section, the narrator is being held captive by an unknown entity. He begins to feel that his only hope is to understand the captor and starts to question the manner of the individual. In an effort to express the central idea, Stoker employs diction. In the extract, when the narrator is describing how he was going to keep his eyes open to expand his knowledge of the situation, he states, “This gave me a fright, for if there is no one else in the castle, it must have been the Count himself who was the driver of the coach that brought me here .
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
Understanding both Poe and Wilde’s narrative styles is extremely important in fully understanding the texts and the authors behind those texts, for example on one hand Poe throws the reader into an already finished story in ‘William Wilson’, while in The Picture of Dorian and Gray Wilde’s use of aestheticism is undeniable. However unusually for Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray is also Gothic, this interesting departure from Wilde’s usual aesthetic style has been the subject of much debate and discussion among scholars, nonetheless for Sucur in The Picture of Dorian and Gray “the Gothic is dealt with from an aesthetic perspective”, (Sucur 2007, n.p.) yet the question still remains why would Wilde chose to depart from his successful formula of
Setting is the key element in Gothic Literature. It displays the different places and architectures that are essentials to visualize Gothic. The setting is highly significant in a Gothic novel because it helps to add horror and fear to its mood and dreadful weakness to its characters. As said by Snodgrass, the settings of Gothic literary works present an extensional symbolic psychological case to its human characters (158).Gothic fictions are usually set in isolated landscapes or highly secured prisons, secret passages or corridors, old castles or ghostly houses, and graveyards. According to Hogle, Gothic areas might be "a castle, a foreign place, an abbey, a vast prison, a subterranean crypt, a graveyard, a primeval frontier, or island, a large old house or theatre.
The factors of emotions of the gothic literature are such that the emotions ran excessive wherein they are overly passionate and strong headed, they seem to defy others or even themselves if they want to get what they need and to pursuit their goals. The gothic literature frequently have heightened feelings. The factors of supernaturalism are such that things like ghosts and unexplained things seem to appear out of nowhere. There are extra factors that may be determined in gothic literature inclusive of the damsel in distress, the settings of the play
The detective story usually places its characters into an old house, a mansion, and the feeling of claustrophobia and mystery arises from darkness, shadows, stormy weather and light strange reflections. Atmosphere of Gothic suspense came from the threatening feeling or fear enhanced by the unknown. At times, characters did not know their ancestors and could not say where they came from (Day 1985: 123). Undoubtedly, an atmosphere of mystery and suspense is present in both kinds of productions. Works are pervaded by a threatening feeling, a fear enhanced by the unknown.