- Date:Jul 15, 2019
Dracula 1897 is an existing Gothic horror novel and famous one of all times. Despite the critics that were labeled against it during its publications it remains to be exciting and full of literature given it is an epistolary novel. The technique used to introduce Count Dracula and the fact that the work is told through diary entries, personal letter excerpts, and newspaper articles makes it all more plausible. Moreover, the characters are not portrayed as pure evil ones with the sole aim of spilling blood, infallible heroes, which could save the world no matter what. Whole story and characters have a personal human touch, which creates it an almost touching and exciting story.
In the first part of the epistolary novel, Jonathan Harker, currently qualified English solicitor, is visiting Count Dracula when sent to Transylvania (Stoker et al., 17). During his two-month stay at Draculas castle, he becomes perturbed by Draculas odd appearance and predatory behavior. He attempts to run away from the castle, where he has become a prison. In the next part of the epistolary novel, the scene shifts to England and to friendship between Harkers fiancée, named Mina Murray, and a lady named Lucy. After successful courted by three worthy suitors, Lucy has accepted Arthur Holmwood marriage proposal.
While on holiday in Whitby with Lucy and the mother, Mina chronicles in personal diary the strange arrival of a Russian schooner, having fifty boxes of earth, a large black dog and the corpses of the ships crew which quickly fades after landing. Lucy begins acting mysteriously, and Mina finds two small holes in Lucys neck. Shortly, Mina is called to Budapest to look at to Jonathan, who has flee Draculas castle and is now suffering from brain fever. When Jonathan is sufficiently recovered, they marry. Despite various treatments, Lucy dies(Reed et al., 127).
After Mina and Harker return to London, Harker notices Dracula on the street but starts to doubt his sanity. Various reports in the newspaper detail the abduction of many small children close to the cemetery where Lucy was buried. Harker explains his experiences in Draculas castle to Van Helsing, who links Dracula with Lucy; since he notices that Lucy is a vampire and is abducting local children and biting them. Meanwhile, Dracula has pointed out Mina for his next victim and starts to turn her into a vampire. Van Helsing realizes they have to kill Dracula to save the situation. They trace Dracula to his London home then him to Europe. Finally, Mina is saved when Dracula is killed (Valente, Joseph, 16).
In conclusion, as a theme Dracula can be viewed from a Freudian psychosexual standpoint; further, the novel can also be interpreted from political, folkloric, feminist, and religious points of view. Close analysis of the plot can also help point to themes of parricide, gender reversal and infanticide. Finally, it is worth noting that autobiographical aspects of this epistolary novel can lay basis for argument that the story is centered on Stokers traumatic life experiences with doctors precisely the procedure of blood-letting (as a sickly child). All in all, the novel is Dracula an existing Gothic horror story and famous one of all times.
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