Bram Stoker's Dracula: Social and Psychological Dilemmas of the Late 19th-Century

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BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA ESSAY PACKET

Day One

1.Distribution of books
2.Essay Assignment and Due Date
3.Dracula Trivia Game
4.Quick Passive Voice Review
5.Homework: chapters 1-4

Essay Assignment

1.Due date:
2.Introduction Type: your choice
3.Length: Four paragraphs
4.Highlight "to be" verbs
5.Underline commentary
6.Use once and label these patterns in the right-hand margin: # 1, # 2, # 5, # 7, # 9 7.Use only the book and class discussions/exercises as sources 8.Follow all MLA guidelines, including proper heading, page numbering, in-text citations, and Works Cited page 9.Avoid passive voice, and strive for flawless grammar and mechanics 10.Title the paper

Topics

1.One of the more controversial aspects of the novel, even today, is the manner in which the characters in the book struggle to perform the often macabre and sacrilegious duties necessary to eliminate vampires while simultaneously struggling to accept the impropriety of their actions. In a four-paragraph essay that details key events from the novel, interpret this struggle and its meaning for both the characters and the book as a whole. Be sure to explore the scenes you choose thoroughly, providing enough concrete detail and commentary to generate a paper that is original and thought-provoking. 2.Dracula is not only a well-written and formally inventive sensation novel but also one of the most important expressions of the social and psychological dilemmas of the late nineteenth-century. For obvious reasons, the intellectual content of the novel has not been taken seriously; yet it deserves to be, for it remains a powerful record of social pressures and anxieties. The novel was written at the height of Victorian sexual repression; the Count himself has come to represent all the sexual dreads that our culture has not exorcised or come to terms with: non-procreative sexuality, promiscuity, bisexuality, incest, even (indirectly, through the preferences of the...
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