An "Un-Dead" Classic - Dracula

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An “Un-Dead” Classic -- Book Review With the majority of today’s popular vampire attention orbiting around Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight, it seems as though an important classic vampire novel has been forgotten. The 1897 classic, titled Dracula, has been assigned to many literary genres over the years. Some, for example, are vampire literature, horror fiction and even a gothic novel. Literary critics have identified several themes, such as the role of women in Victorian culture and folklore. It is important to note though, that Stoker did not invent the vampire, but played a major influence in interpretations since its publication. The Dublin born author Bram Stoker is a man of many interests. Having written in a broad range of genres, such as fairy tales, political novels and short stories, his horror genre remains most-read. Structurally, Dracula is written in epistolary form. This form creates a more realistic image of the novel, as events can be traced in chronological order and can have different perspectives. The major characters who produce diary entries throughout the novel are Jonathan Harker, Mina Murray, Lucy Westenra, Dr. Seward, Mina Harker and Professor Van Helsing. The novel begins on the account of Jonathan Harker’s journey to Transylvania, to meet Count Dracula, a man interested in purchasing London property. As the novel progresses Harker’s terrifying stay in Dracula’s castle is shown to represent some bizarre occurrences in London. A friend of Mina Harker, Jonathan’s fiancée, develops a strange disease leading to vampire expert Prof. Van Helsing’s statement that Dracula must be caught and ritually killed. Bram Stoker undoubtedly reveals his distinct writing style in Dracula, partly because of his nineteenth century style. Whether the purpose of Dracula was to entertain or not, it was certainly a suspenseful novel. Although the first four diary

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