Renfield is connected to Dracula by an unseen power, which not only foretells the attempted invasion by Dracula, but also the final outcome. Renfield parallels Dracula need for life (blood) throughout the novel. The novel as a whole is centered on the complex, mysterious creature Dracula. Stoker’s use of the character Renfield functions as an abstract representation for a better understanding of Dracula. The idea of an omnipotent vampire is unbelievable and Renfield provides clarity through his madness.
Revenants is an essential Gothic literature motif; it allowed there to be a force of evil in this eerie novel. Revenants is the most important Gothic literature motif in Dracula. Revenants is when deceased creatures return to invoke fear in the living. In Dracula, an example of the deceased returning to invoke terror would be the vampires. Most of the novel revolves around the effort of trying to kill the vampires; it started when Dracula killed Lucy.
The whole point of Van Helsing being sent to Transylvania involved the killing of Frankenstein’s creator and the fear of Dracula murdering the rest of the Valerious family. The Valerious family includes only a brother and sister left who names were Velkin and Anna (Grant 2004). The start of the movie introduces how horrific Dracula sustains with his murders and gruesome ideas. A huge concept behind the scenes of Dracula in Van Helsing included the key to Frankenstein’s creators machine. The machine primarily was responsible for creating Dracula’s young and sustaining their life.
In the 19th century, this basis of scary and thriller books started to emerge. This essay will be about who Dracula enticed women, how his detainer was unsettling and demonic. How the era in which the novel was written plays a part in the ideas of Dracula and how behaves; with such things as women, food, and Harker. The Victorian era definitely influenced the writing of the time through reflections of exploitation of women and a certain darkness in ones self, also explains of mystery and suspense. Abraham (Bram) Stoker was born in Dublin in 1847, the third of seven children.
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.
In his thesis, David Gates articulates, “The major characters in Stoker 's fiction are patterned on the prototypes established earlier by Gothic novelists. Stoker worked variations on the traditional types of the persecuted maiden, the stalwart young hero, and the diabolic villain” (31). B. Mina Murray-Harker is the “persecuted maiden” in Dracula. 1. Exemplifying the perfect Victorian woman, Mina is the persecuted maiden in the novel because she unrightfully fell victim to Dracula.
A weakness unique to Dracula is the fact that he has to be near Transylvanian soil in order to rest and regenerate his strength (Stoker). Stoker makes Dracula a mysterious creature in his novel, ... ... middle of paper ... ...vs. "The Modern Vampire"" Teen Ink. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.
However, the originality of Stoker's Dracula is in doubt. By a similarity in the setting, characters and plot, in Bram Stoker’s Gothic work Dracula and the posthumously published short story “Dracula’s Guest,” Stoker is shown to have used Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic, Gothic, short story, “Carmilla”, as the basis and inspiration for Bram Stoker’s vampiric masterpiece, Dracula. In 1897, Abraham Stoker published Dracula, a classic Gothic novel which continues to capture the hearts and imaginations of readers after nearly a century. The novel is written as a collection of journals, which are kept in a wide array of methods, letters and newspaper clippings. Dracula opens in Eastern Europe with a young solisitor named Jonathan Harker traveling to Transylvanian castle.
Its plot, which consists of a heir being told by a prophecy that tells the demise of his family and heir, and dying from being randomly crushed by an enormous iron helmet, later on with the use of sexual perversion, violence, and typical Gothic stock characters such as ghosts to advance the plot. However, later Gothic novels; especially Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein broke this typical convention, with heavy stress of the use of typical Gothic atmosphere and symbolism, focusing on conflict between the good-evil nature of mankind and creating characters that are not typical black and white heroes and villains, rather; fallen and tragic people... ... middle of paper ... ...cters’ actions contribute to a gothic novel setting as well. Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein A Kaplan SAT Score-Raising Classic. Grand Rapids: Kaplan, 2006.
Stoker modernises his novel by bringing the set... ... middle of paper ... ...toker, B. (1994) Dracula, Penguin Classics, London. Weissman, J. (1988) Dracula as a Victorian Novel in Dracula: The Vampire and the Critics, UMI Press. Wolf, L. (1993) The essential Dracula, Byron Preiss.