Dracula Essay

798 WordsJul 25, 20124 Pages
The eponymous villain Dracula exemplifies and personifies the fears of society during the 1800's including the spread of the plague, and milieu of the 1800's. Throughout the horror novel we can see Dracula as an alluring, mysterious figure that embodies the paradigms of science, religion and patriarchal values as he changes from a man to a monster through the narration of various personalities, most informatively, Jonathan Harker, Van Helsing and Mina Harker. Reflecting in its epistolary style, Dracula represents Bram Stoker's oppressed individualism, making it unique and refreshing in contrast to other novels of the time. The combination of journals, letters and newspapers allows the reader to observe the point-of-view of each character and allows stoker to juxtapose the rational world of the of English Victorian reader with the supernatural world of Transylvania. When we first meet Dracula he is disguised as a "strange driver" of a caleche, and an image of a "tall man, with a long brown beard, great black hat that had very bright eyes which seemed red" is shown to us. Dracula remains a “strange” and mysterious character by "hiding his face" during this scene, Dracula speaks "excellent German" suggesting that he may have been well educated, which resinates with growing influences of the enlightment ages. Introduce tone, irony, setting. Later at the count’s decaying, castle we meet Dracula again, but as the count. He is depicted as a "tall old men, clean shaven, save for a long moustache, and was black from head to foot." When Harker exchanges handshakes with the count he describes it as "a hand of the dead than the living man" which "grasped" Harker's hand with "strength that made him wince." Dracula's recurring friendly tone whilst he greets “welcome to my house” contrasts with the “evil” visual image we are shown. that warmly awaited Harker. Later in

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