A Summary of Bram Stoker's Dracula

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A Summary of Bram Stoker's Dracula

Dracula is an epistolary novel, meaning that is composed from letters,

journal and diary entries, telegrams, and newspaper clippings.

Jonathan Harker, Mina Murray (later Mina Harker), and Dr. Seward write

the largest contributions to the novel although the writings of Lucy

Westenra and Abraham Van Helsing constitute some key parts of the

book. The novel has a slightly journalistic feel, as it is a harrowing

account supposedly written by the people who witnessed the book's


A young Englishman named Jonathan Harker travels through Transylvania

on a business trip. He is there to aid Count Dracula, a Transylvanian

nobleman, in buying an English estate. His journey into the remote

Eastern European landscape is fearsome, although initially he is

charmed by the Count's generosity and intelligence. Gradually, he

comes to realize that he is a prisoner in Dracula's castle, and that

the Count is a demonic being who plans to prey on the teeming masses

of London. Possessing the supernatural ability to scale vertical walls

and live without a reflection. Dracula leaves him to die at the hands

of three female vampires, but Jonathan attempts a desperate escape.

Meanwhile, in England, Jonathan's fiancée Mina visits her best friend,

Lucy Westenra. Lucy has recently been proposed to by three men Arthur

Holmwood, Dr. Seward, and Quincey Morris. She chooses Arthur to be her

happy fiancé. Mina and Lucy vacation together at Whitby, a quaint

seaside town renowned for its ghostly history. While they are there, a

Russian vessel is shipwrecked. A large dog leaps from the wreck and

runs away. All of its crew are missing apart from one dead captain.

The ship was carrying fifty boxes of e...

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...la's chest. Now, after enough time has passed she will

become one of the undead unless they can destroy Dracula first.

They set to work, sterilizing (with holy wafer) all but one of the

boxes in one day. Dracula, in the last box, flees back to Transylvania

to rest and regroup for another attack. The band of friends tracks him

down, splitting up so that Van Helsing and Mina will go to purge the

castle while the four young men track the last box. Van Helsing and

Mina succeed, killing the three female vampires and using holy wafer

to render the castle uninhabitable for the undead. They then regroup

with the others, and all together they surround the gypsies who are

transporting Dracula in his coffin. During the struggle against the

gypsies, Quincey receives a mortal wound. Jonathan and Quincey deliver

the killing blows to Dracula just as the sun is setting.

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