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”.
A single of the things medieval novels concentrate on are supernatural and mysterious events. The book Frankenstein by Mary Shelly uses supernatural means to create the Frankenstein list; this is similar to how vampires in Bram Stoker's Dracula are made. Vampires in Dracula are also manufactured by supernatural means (hence they are really supernatural creatures), a vampire bites a mortal and can choose whether or not they die
This is what gave him the idea of how Dracula would enter into England. In the Wallachian language Dracula means devil and this greatly affected what Stoker would name his vampire. Bram stoker wrote in unique way by drawing from personal experience and research to write his masterpiece (BBC, Nightmare: The Birth of Horror). One of the main overarching themes of Dracula is that one should defended the weak and helpless no matter the cost. For instance, each man donated great amounts of blood to Lucy trying to keep her from becoming
A battle between good and evil is a common plot to Dracula. The forces of evil, Count Dracula and other vampires (the un-dead), try to take over Britain. The novel heroes Dr. Van Helsing, Dr. John Seward, Johnathan Haker, Quincy Morris, and Arthur Holmwood are the first responders for this evil invasion of the British Empire. In the novel the characters Dracula and Van Helsing play a major role for being the leaders of their respective groups, therefore they controlled the actions of their groups. Dracula’s actions in the novel have the purpose to flourish the rise of the un-dead, while Van Helsing’s actions aim to preserve and protect the human race.
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.
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 .
This unsettling evokes some of the key features of the Gothic, such as the use of phantasmagoria, transgression, and excesses, all of which disturbed the reader by surrounding them with dark reflections of a reality portrayed through fiction. Pacts with the devil to obtain one’s desires, monks and aristocrats who revel in luxury — even if this means they must stain their hands with blood —, vampires and mad scientists: all corrupt one’s morals, all corrupt the false appearance of serenity. Likewise, the female vampires who torment Jonathan Harker disturb the harmony of the domestic sphere and unsettle the delicate balance between the private and the public domain. These vampiric women are marked by heightened sensuality and tacked to other fatal women that permeate art and European literature at the end of the nineteenth century. In this novel, fear and desire are often confused, a clue modern anxieties surrounding desire toward sensuous but degrading bodies.
I think that William Shakespeare is showing us that Macbeth has been tied to a prophecy and it is now time for them all to be fulfilled. In the beginning, we are told about Macbeth become “king hereafter”, we know that he does become king when he murders king Duncan and says that the “deed is done”. This shows how Macbeth’s mind became a well of damage when he begins hallucinating and saying, “Is this a dagger which I see before me”. I believe that these thoughts are what lead him to kill Duncan, and they act as images that the witches would supernaturally place into Macbeth’s mind. Macbeth did help us test whether or not we could truly trust the witches’ predictions sending out murderers to murder Banquo and his son Fleance, the witches show that they will not release their grip on Macbeth when one of the murderers says “Fleance, is ‘scaped.”This event lets us know that Macbeth cannot impact any outside factors because the witches have already determined the future, by ensuring that Fleance is still an available heir.
~ Sins of the flesh: anorexia, eroticism and the female vampire in Bram Stoker's Dracula. “Dracula’s diabolical kiss unleashes in Lucy an aggressive and overtly sexual voracity that represents a threat to the adoring males around her. The fact that the male characters regard Lucy in such different ways illustrates their fear at her capacity to transform and the terrifying power it entails.” (7). ~ Women then are not only virginal victims in the novel, they serve to illustrate the contradictions and ironic tensions within the Victorian value system
The key elements that are in modern literature are introduced in this passage. The essentials of a modern day werewolf is that the transformation happens at night when the moon is out and the wolf loses all humanity that it once has and becomes a monster. Rowling is referring to the Roman myth of the werewolf rather than the Greek. This is also shown by Lupin’s name, Remus. This is referring to the founders of Rome, Remus and Romulus and will be discussed in the chapter about
“Fear can challenge our sense of humanity and understanding of the world” This is a broad statement and in a book with over 300 pages, I will be focusing on certain parts in each of the books. Proving that fear can and really does challenge our sense of humanity and understanding in the world, from the start of the book where they tried to make up a rational solution to make this all seem like it wasn’t real, to actively fight against the evil they had so vehemently protested against existing. Bram stokers 19th-century fictitious Gothic novel 'Dracula ' is incredibly complex with many different characters from the meek and underestimated Mina, to the courageous and respected Van Helsing. Dracula’s castle was just the beginning of what was to come. Jonathan 's meeting of the three female vampires it was a catalyst for what he believed was right and wrong.