Bram Stoker’s Dracula

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a classic example of Gothic writing. Gothic

writing was very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the early

centuries, Gothic writing would frighten the audience and it was also

used as a style of architecture. Dracula, which was first published in

1897, would definitely cause a shock as there was a supernatural

being, roaming around sucking people’s blood by the neck. Gothic

literature usually includes vampires, monsters or some type of ancient

mystical creature. It is also set in medieval castles with secret

passages, dungeons and ghost places. There are various types of

Gothic literature such as romance and horror. There is just usually

horror used but mixing both has also become very popular. Romance on

its own was very well-liked in the 19th century. The word Gothic

actually comes from the Goths language. A Goth was considered one of a

German tribe who invaded Eastern and Western Europe. Gothic was a type

of architecture prevalent in Western Europe in the 12th - 16th

centuries, it was barbarous, rude and uncouth.

Dracula contains a lot Gothic conventions which incite the reader. A

convention is the main point of a specific type of writing, for

example in Dracula there is the use of journeys/quests, diaries,

letters, journals, weird places and strange creatures. These

conventions are essential in the story of Dracula and it is important

to understand them.

Dracula, just like any other gothic piece of writing has a

villain/vampire-Dracula, a hero-Jonathan Harker and a victim-Mina. Van

Helsing also plays a main role as the slayer of Dracula.

Chapter 1, like a lot of the other chapters is written in journal

style. This journal is of the main ...

... middle of paper ... and also the plan to

kill Dracula. There is more than one convention but still it will not

excite the reader as much as the other chapters.

Bram Stoker has created such an effective piece of Gothic Writing as

the reader can feel how it would be if they were in the same

predicament as some of the characters such as Mina and Jonathan. The

conventions express one’s feelings out clear like all the opinions in

the journals and the letters to each other. Suspense and fear are

something that people express in their own way, not everyone can find

the same thing frightening. Some people may just be scared of seeing

Dracula and the way he kills everyone by sucking their blood, other

people may fear turning into a vampire or becoming a victim. He tries

to make us see how it would feel like, if there was a blood thirsty

monster staring at you, ready to pounce!
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