How Relevant Is The Setting Of The Reader’s Apprec Essay

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Within the novel Dracula atmosphere is an important item in which to create relationships between the reader and the characters, the appreciation of the atmosphere can be shown through the relationships with the characters and through the emotions the reader is put through. When Dracula was first published in 1608 it was a breakthrough in contemporary literature as in broke loose of what was originally expected from a novel and instead made the reader feel uncomfortable through a series of unusual themes which question the contemporary society. The atmosphere in the novel Dracula can be appreciated through Stokers detail to setting. Throughout the novel there is continuous reference to the “broken battlements” of Dracula’s castle. The importance of this term is clear as the characters use say the quote. The term “broken battlements” can be used as a literal device to make the atmosphere appear heavy to the reader. The use of the word “broken” has an external and internal interpretation, the external is the clear decay of Dracula’s castle, from the word broken the reader begins to visualise the external buildings with things such as crumbling walls and “broken windows” these images created by Stoker forces the reader to imagine buildings which would have been unknown. This would have created the sense of uncanny and as a result would have created a sense of the unusual, scary gothic atmosphere. The term “broken” may have also had a underlying connotation which would have connected the novel Dracula to the contemporary society. The novel Dracula was unusual within the time it was written and questioned the readers opinions and religions, as a result the reader would have felt scared forcing them to become one with the setting. Because “broken battlement” is repeated often and expressed through different characters it created the sense of vertiginous amongst the

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