This quote is written in Jonathan Harker’s journal dated the eighth of May. The quote is taken from the scene where Jonathan cuts himself while shaving. In this particular passage, Jonathan is the narrator and he is writing in shorthand in his journal. He writes his experiences in first person so that he can keep track of his trip to England. The scene he describes is one of his encounters with Dracula during his stay at Dracula’s castle. Jonathan is a young solicitor or lawyer who has come to Dracula’s castle to conclude a real estate transaction with Dracula.
The line that sticks out within this passage is the line where Jonathan is talking about Dracula’s eyes. Jonathan states, “his eyes blazed with a sort of demonic fury” (Stoker, 31). Jonathan uses a thin description of how Dracula reacts to Jonathan’s cut. He does not try to explain or make sense of why Dracula tries reaching for his neck. However, he does create imagery of his cut “trickling over his chin” (Stoker 31). Rather than simply stating that he had cut himself, Jonathan instead describes how he is bleeding and where on his face the blood is coming from. Additionally, instead of plainly mentioning how Dracula looked angry, Jonathan emphases Dracula’s response to seeing his blood. Dracula does not just have an evil look in his eyes, but instead his eyes glow with a “demonic fury” which emphasizes how truly villainous he ha...
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...acula represents evil by contrast. When Dracula touches the string of beads which holds the crucifix, he recoils his hand. His reaction to touching the string of beads further illustrates to the reader that Dracula is inherently evil because the holiness that the crucifix represents is intolerable for Dracula.
Throughout the novel Bram Stoker uses various scenes that reflect on the theme of good versus evil. Using the viewpoint of various characters allows the reader to see different perspectives of encounters with Dracula. Each person encounters Dracula in a unique way, which allows the reader to see Dracula’s truly evil nature. In the end of the novel good ultimately conquers evil. Dracula is eventually defeated by Jonathan Harker and his companions. Him and his companions (minus Lucy and Morris) go on to get married and live happy lives. Good has won again.
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