Gothic conventions to excite the reader. Bram Stoker uses many Gothic
conventions throughout his novel in forms of journeys and quests, the
use of diaries, letters and journals, sinister buildings and most
importantly strange creatures. Stoker also relies heavily on the
conventions of Gothic fiction, a genre that was extremely popular in
the early nineteenth century. Gothic fiction traditionally includes
elements such as gloomy castles, sublime landscapes, and innocent
maidens threatened by indescribable evil.
From background knowledge of Abraham Stoker we know that he was the
third of seven children, and he was violently ill as a child. When he
was sick, Stoker read many books and listened to the horror tales his
mother told him. These led Stoker to start writing ghost stories, even
as a child. This explains w...
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...ned out to be a very exciting and fascinating novel. The plot was well structured and was very suspenseful. So basically we find out that Bram stoker uses gothic conventions at the right times to create a certain level of fear as well as suspense. One may argue that when Bram Stoker shows Gothic conventions throughout the novel, it determines the changes in familial and social structures taking place throughout the early eighteenth century.
In his descriptions of the castle we find out that he uses many similes and personification to describe the atmosphere he generates. The book probed deeply into people's superstitions, fears, and beliefs of the supernatural, and how others are sceptic of them are sometimes proved wrong. In all, Dracula is a clever, exciting, and suspenseful novel that uses a ruthless villain to terrify you but forces you to read more.