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  • Dracula - 785 Words
    Dear Signet Classics, Good vs. Evil has long been expressed through movies and books throughout history. Batman beating the Joker, Spiderman banishing the Green Goblin, and Arthur and the guys defeating Dracula are all examples of literature based on the theme Good vs. Evil. In Bram Stokers, Dracula, Jonathan Harker represents the good, while the vampire, Dracula, represents the evil antagonist. One thing these four pieces share is that evil never fully overcomes good. They all start off as...
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  • Dracula - 665 Words
    Samuel Grundhoefer Professor Thomas 2/20/2012 Dracula: A better read, or a better movie? Since the beginning of the moving picture, directors have been recreating books into movie. More often than not, the directors will change the original plot line of the book. In Bram Stoker’s Dracula the director changes the plot in a few different instances but for the most part, the director keeps the same plotline. Some similarities between the book and the movie are: the genre and setting, loss of...
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  • Dracula - 913 Words
    In Anne McWhir’s essay titled “Pollution and Redemption in Dracula” she examines the theme of the stark contrasts between pure and unclean. Pollution in the sense the writer was going for does not mean landfills and gas guzzlers, but when the unclean taints the pure. Going beyond the surface definition, the book Dracula has many instances of contrasting values surrounding the thoughts of purity. The ideas of good and evil, life and death, new and old, and civilization and savagery are examined...
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  • Dracula - 1445 Words
    “To what extent do the themes of Dracula reflect the social, cultural and historical context in which the novel is set? “ In one’s novel, themes successfully assist to highlight the social, cultural and historical context in which can impact the experience one can face. In ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker we are confronted by three protagonist who are un aware of the fact that vampires are lurking around, they experience various attacks and shocking discoveries which leads them to a new concept on the...
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  • Dracula - 1584 Words
    Discuss the atmosphere of the first three chapters of Dracula and examine what you think are the key themes that have been raised in the book so far? The opening chapter of the novel is told from the point of view of Jonathan Harker, in the form of his journal. Harker is a young solicitor (lawyer) from England, who is sent by his employer to the castle of Count Dracula, in Transylvania. Harker's been given the assignment to arrange the purchase of a property in London for the Count. He plans to...
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  • Dracula - 622 Words
    Bram Stoker’s now legendary novel, Dracula, is not just any piece of cult-spawning fiction, but rather a time capsule containing the popular thoughts, ideas, and beliefs of the Victorian era that paints an elaborate picture of what society was like for Bram Stoker’s generation. The Victorian era was a very strange time. This time period was known for Poorhouses (Asylum) were government run facilities where the poor, infirm, or mentally ill could live. They were usually filthy and full to the...
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  • Dracula - 1112 Words
    Analysis of Gothic Texts Dracula (Novel) Bibliographical Information: Composer: Bram Stocker Published Text Name: Dracula Date Published: May 1897 Publisher Details: First published by Archibald Constable and Company 1897 This edition Published in Penguin Classic 1993 Question 1: Describe the subject matter, i.e. explain what the text is about. Dracula is an appealing text that has been loved for many years because one of its main themes is a great human conflict, the fight between...
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  • Dracula - 964 Words
    Rowatt 1 Paper # 2 Sexuality in Victorian Time ENGL 1101 JOHN BRIDGES September 30th, 2013 Rowatt 2 Innocence, chastity, purity, and married life are just a few things that made up the ‘image’ of the nineteenth century Victorian woman. During this time, it was greatly looked down upon if a woman chose to stay single, as she would be pitied and dubbed a “whore”. Lucy Westenra is one of the main characters in the novel, Dracula by Bram Stoker. Lucy is a beautiful...
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  • Dracula - 2087 Words
    Themes Salvation and Damnation As several characters note in the novel, a person's physical life is of secondary importance to the person's eternal life, which can be jeopardized if the person is made evil by a vampire like Dracula. Professor Van Helsing says, when he is explaining why they must kill the vampire Lucy, "But of the most blessed of all, when this now Un-Dead be made to rest as true dead, then the soul of the poor lady whom we love shall again be free." Even characters that are of...
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  • Dracula - 745 Words
    My first posting East-West conflict and anxiety relating to imperial western power is at the heart of Dracula. The main male characters belong to different age groups, education levels and professions. Mr Harker is a solicitor who offers assistance with purchasing properties. Arthur Holmwood later acquires the title Lord Goldaming. Van Helsing a Dutch physician and Professor is well versed in the supernatural but employs the Scientific method. Dr. John Seward, a psychiatrist and a...
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  • Dracula - 870 Words
    Laggy Mr. German English 9 20 March 2009 Dracula MLA Expository Essay The novel Dracula is definitely portrays a strong example of a gothic novel. Dracula also has all of the characteristics of a gothic novel as well. Bram Stoker’s Dracula has all of the classic elements of a Gothic novel. The setting of the novel is a dark crumbling castle, the tone is mysterious, there is a villainous character, and there is the sense that the hero is struggling against an inescapable fate. Dracula...
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  • Dracula - 1607 Words
    Dracula Bram Stoker's Dracula is one of the most renowned British novels of all time. It has left its marks on many aspects of literature and film. Many thematic elements are present throughout the story and have been interpreted in many ways. Stoker uses his characters to manifest the themes that he wishes to imply. Three themes that present themselves throughout the book are the theme of Christian Redemption, science and technology, and sexual expression. Christian Redemption is...
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  • Dracula - 757 Words
    English Analytical Essay Bram Stoker wrote the novel Dracula, which was published in May the 26th in 1897. The novel positions the audience to believe Dracula is the antagonist because he is different and in society being different is bad. The novel Dracula is a prime example of a gothic love story genre. It has remained a popular novel by representing the life of the Victorian era. ‘Dracula’ utilises the concepts of power and gender as shown in the book. Men are supposed to be strong, brave,...
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  • Dracula - 2950 Words
    Dracula: Competition and the Social Adulterer; Good vs. Evil Throughout Stoker’s Dracula, a central theme is evident, Competition. The term competition refers to a test of skill or ability. Most of the competitions in Dracula are those between Dracula and the “good” men. Stoker’s novel can be seen as a similar version of the “Primal Horde” theory in which Freud created. A primal horde is a group of people arranged around a single dominant male, who has total authority over the group and...
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  • Dracula - 1481 Words
    The Sexuality of the Dark and Mysterious Man Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula is a piece of gothic literature in which Count Dracula inflicts grief and pain upon mortal men by attempting to charm and steal their women, eventually turning them into vampires. Stoker portrays women as unintelligent beings who will follow the Count because of his apparent charm, strength, and stereotypical beauty. The Count is a dark, beautiful, and mysterious man, and this covers up the evil that he has committed and...
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  • Dracula - 518 Words
    Human Dracula Characteristics of a vampire according to Bram Stoker in Dracula Pale/ skin Old man, white hair+long moustaches, dressed in black, a quiline(Hawk-like)nose. Pointy ears Red eyes Long fingernails Hairy palms He is young in London, his complexion is ruddy/reddish with full red lips. Daylight doesn’t kill Dracula, it just makes him have normal strength and power. Althought he has strength of 20 men be car change to a bat, wolf, dog, rat, mist, dust. Control...
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  • Dracula - 1574 Words
    Texts such as the novel Dracula, and the film Interview with the Vampire, are often shaped by the values and attitudes within society at the particular time in which it was created. As a result, the context plays a major role in the construction of a text. In Dracula, a novel in epistolary format set and published in 1897 by Bram Stoker, not only do the concepts of sexuality, religion, family, technology, class and gender roles reflect the way they were viewed in the Victorian era, but the...
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  • Dracula - 926 Words
    How does Renfield explain his injuries? What is the significance of his tale? As Seward was called into the room, Renfield was found extremely injured, lying in a pool of blood that glistened under the light. His face was bashed and bruised, he had suffered severe damage to his head and it was evident that his back was broken as well.Renfield was kept in a straitjacket and his injuries left everyone wondering they could have been self-inflicted. As the story progresses, Seward sends the...
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  • Dracula - 909 Words
    Dracula, by Bram Stoker, is a classic gothic novel, originally published in 1897. The novel focuses on a group of men following and, ultimately, killing a vampire named Dracula. The readers learn fairly early in the book that vampires have supernatural powers and limitations they face. When Jonathan Harker, the first character met in the novel, goes to Dracula’s castle, he witnesses most of Dracula’s strengths and weaknesses. A few chapters in, the readers meet a bug-eating mental patient named...
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  • Dracula - 581 Words
    Evil never conquers because good always overcomes it. A good example of this is the book Dracula by Bram Stoker because the author expresses the nature of good vs. evil. Dracula wants to come to London because he wants to turn everyone into vampires. The basic background of the book Dracula is when Jonathan Harker, a realtor who is sent to Transylvania to complete a transaction with Dracula so he can come to England. What Harker does not know is that Dracula has a plan for world domination....
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  • dracula - 9167 Words
    ATLANTIS. Journal of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies. 31.2 (December 2009): 23–39 ISSN 0210-6124 Bram Stoker’s Dracula. A Study on the Human Mind and Paranoid Behaviour Andrés Romero Jódar University of Zaragoza anromero@unizar.es The Victorian fin-de-siècle experienced the growth of scientific naturalism, and witnessed the birth and development of sciences such as modern psychology, supported by the scientific efforts to unravel the processes of the human mind....
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  • Dracula - 5897 Words
    Dracula Summary Chapter 1 Chapter I is taken from the May 3rd and May 4th entries in Jonathan Harker's journal. Harker is on a business trip in Eastern Europe, making his way across one of the most isolated regions of Europe. He is going to meet with a noble of Transylvania, Count Dracula. The heading to his journal entry tells us that Jonathan is writing in Bistritz, in what is now Romania. Two days ago, he was in Munich. One day ago, he was in Vienna. As he has moved farther east, the...
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  • Dracula - 1020 Words
    The Religious Aspects of the Novel Dracula Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula as well as a Victorian man, includes religious elements in the book which explains the qualities of good and evil in the Victorian era London. Characters in the novel are Count Dracula, Jonathan Harker, Quincy Morris, Dr. Van Helsing, Mina Harker, and Lucy. Jonathan on his way to Dracula’s castle is the first character introduced. He is the husband of Mina, and the other men help him tremendously to save the town...
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  • Homosexuality in Dracula - 2268 Words
    "Homosexuality in Dracula" The legendary novel Dracula is gothic, bloody and oozing with sexuality. Bram Stoker's vampiric plot reflects his ideology and experience and Dracula received a lot of attention from critics who showed various complex interpretations. During this course we have looked at critical essays that looked in depth at different scenes in Dracula and we drew different images from critics' interpretations, which were built on their understanding of these scenes. Most of these...
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  • Dracula, Women of - 1057 Words
    Lucy Westerna and Mina Harker are the only two female characters Bram Stoker describes in detail in the novel Dracula. Lucy and Mina are two of the three characters that the reader sees becoming a vampire, and both characters are narrators. It is clear that these two play a very important role in the novel. Their actions have a huge effect on the way the novel unfolds. Lucy and Mina have many differences and similarities in representing the Victorian women. Lucy represents all of the evil...
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  • liminality dracula - 7072 Words
    “Betwixt Sunset and Sunrise”: Liminality in Dracula Mark M. Hennelly, Jr. [Mark M. Hennelly, Jr., a Professor of English at California State University, Sacramento, has published fairly widely on Victorian fiction, including several liminal readings of Dracula.] In various ways, among widely different primitive peoples, the marriage customs go to show that the home threshold cannot be passed except by overcoming a barrier of some kind, and making an offering, bloody or bloodless,...
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  • Realism in Dracula - 406 Words
    Over the course of the novel Dracula, author Bram Stoker’s purpose in creating a strong sense of realism becomes progressively apparent. He does so by marrying realism and the novel’s clear fiction to create terror, and shock all those that open its pages. Through this, he’s reaching the reader in a thoughtful manner, as they might perceive events of story to be real indeed. The use of intricate language enables Stoker to appear to sincerely know what transpires during the course of the novel...
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  • Violence in Dracula - 1290 Words
    Throughout many types of literature, violence exists to enhance the reader's interest in order to add a sense of excitement or conflict to a novel. This statement withholds much truthfulness due to the fact that without violence in a piece of literature such as Dracula by Bram Stoker, the plot would not have the same impact if it were lacking violence. So to holds true to that of the movie. The movie bares different characteristics then that of the book. First off, the whole ordeal with the...
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  • Dracula Analysis - 1878 Words
    Dracula, written by Bram Stoker, presents readers to possibly the most infamous monster in all of literature. The fictional character Count Dracula, has come to symbolize the periphery between the majority and being an outsider to that group. Dracula’s appeal throughout the years and genres unquestionably stem from his sense of romanticism and monster. Readers no doubt are attracted to his monstrous sensibilities, which provide a sense of looking first at his appearance, personality, and...
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  • Sexism in Dracula - 463 Words
    Sexism During The Victorian Era During the Victorian Era, society prevented women from making their own living, which caused an inescapable dependence upon men’s income; “Barred by law and custom from entering trades and professions by which they could support themselves, and restricted in the possession of property, woman had only one means of livelihood, that of marriage” (Kent 86). Therefore, no matter what the women desired, most were predestined to become wives due to their economic...
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  • Literature In Dracula - 1114 Words
    Throughout history authors have used many different techniques to convey their message to readers. These techniques compliment Stoker's work and help bring their story to life. Bram Stoker's classic gothic romance novel Dracula, illustrates horrific actions of a count, and disturbing events that occur in Transylvania. Many literary techniques are used to emphasize Stoker's works. Literary devices such as sensual imagery, gothic setting, and tone add to the decadent ghastliness in his novel....
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  • Dracula Essay - 696 Words
    Shambhavi Chowdhury FI AC Shambhavi Chowdhury FI AC To what extent is Dracula a gothic play? Throughout the play Dracula, adapted by David Calcutt, several conventions can be identified. In this essay I will discuss some of the important conventions which will explain whether Dracula is a gothic play. Firstly, David Calcutt has adapted the conventions of dreams, by using “You think this is a dream, Mr. Harker? A terrible dream from which you will wake?”. These dreams are Dracula’s ways...
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  • The Myth of Dracula - 2615 Words
    The Myth of Dracula Jenny Martinez, Com 220 University of Phoenix Cole Chatterton January 9, 2008 THE MYTH OF DRACULA In October of 1999, a television series began that would run for approximately four and a half years. This series would again sate the American appetite for vampire stories begun by the likes of Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, Tanith Lee, and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. The name of the series? Angel. The Premise? A vampire, originally named Angelus, had been cursed...
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  • Horror of Dracula - 590 Words
    There were many aspects of the film Horror of Dracula that made it appealing to its audience. Often times, this movie was very suspenseful which was displayed using background music. The acting of the characters also had much to do with this films appeal as well as how the story was told. The way that this movie was filmed has much to do with its effect on the audience. There are many contributing factors that make Horror of Dracula different from a typical film. With the use of...
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  • Femininity in Dracula - 1700 Words
    Discuss how Bram Stoker portrays femininity in Dracula? Bram Stoker uses both the female and the male characters to present femininity in Dracula. Stoker uses characters like Dracula to explore the sexuality of women and to express the idea that it is morally wrong and dangerous for a woman to be voluptuous and if she is, she will suffer the consequences. Additionally, the two most important female characters in Dracula, Mina Murray and Lucy Westenra, are used by Stoker to present different...
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  • dracula summary - 456 Words
    Summary Response 19-22 Mina finished the book The 4 men search one of the Count's houses 4 men found 29 out of the 50 boxes were left Mina has her first encounter with Dracula Van Helsing went to visit Renfield Mina begins to blame herself for Lucys death Jhonathan went to visit Thomas Snelling Jonathan went to visit Potters Court Renfield tries to plead his case so he can be free Renfield get brutally attacked Mina is bitten again by Dracula Renfield reveals how he is...
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  • Liminality in Dracula - 1359 Words
    Liminality in Dracula “Liminal entities are neither here nor there; they are betwixt and between the positions assigned and arrayed by law, custom, convention, and ceremonial” (Turner, The Ritual Process 95). Arnold van Gennep’s original concept of liminality is a central theme to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It provides depth and understanding behind many of the superstitious beliefs and occurrences throughout the novel. Liminality is the threshold and the presence of an in between state occurring...
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  • Characters For Dracula - 940 Words
    Count Dracula He is the main character in the novel, however, he is mainly a shadowy figure in a majority of the novel. As the antagonist in the novel he is shown to be one step ahead of the others. There is little actual characterization done by Stoker and much of Dracula’s personality and past remains mysterious. There are some intentions and obvious evils, however that is the main extent of the characterization. However, in spite of his plot role, Dracula is mainly the reason why the other...
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  • Young Dracula - 311 Words
    The world is poised on the edge ready to plunge into darkness under the rule of Vladimir Dracula until an ancient prophecy comes to light which places all of vampire kind in mortal danger. WHO WOULD DIE AND WHO WOULD LIVE.....that is the question that is left unanswered How would your feel about watching a breath taking tv programme which will leave you gasping for air every passing second, anxiously jumping up and down like a mad dog eager to find out if your beloved hero is going to save the...
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  • Dracula Summary - 1037 Words
    Dracula Summary Dracula is an epistolary novel, meaning that is composed from letters, journal and diary entries, telegrams, and newspaper clippings. Jonathan Harker, Mina Murray (later Mina Harker), and Dr. Seward write the largest contributions to the novel‹although the writings of Lucy Westenra and Abraham Van Helsing constitute some key parts of the book. The novel is meant to have a slightly journalistic feel, as it is a harrowing account supposedly written by the people who witnessed...
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  • Liminality in Dracula - 1196 Words
    Name: Aaron Ma ID: 301227201 Course: ENGL 101W Section: D905 Date: 15 June 2014 Liminality in Dracula Stoker’s novel is riddled with examples of liminality, most significantly the title character Count Dracula, who is neither living or dead but, as Van Helsing calls him, one of the “un-dead”, existing in this threshold state. This essay will analyze liminality in Dracula in Modernity, Christian Salvation, Science and Superstition. Firstly, this novel...
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  • Dracula Essay - 920 Words
    Anthony Burgess once said, “Goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.” Burgess states that when goodness is permanently taken from a soul, that soul ceases to be human. Humans can choose how they live, however when that choice is denied from them, their human nature is taken as well. There are very few ways for the transformation Burgess describes to occur, however in Dracula, Bram Stoker uses symbolism to recreate the change from goodness to evil. In his...
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  • transformation of dracula - 849 Words
    Transformation of Dracula Dracula is a timeless novel written by Bram Stoker and to this day remains a thrilling read about good vs evil in the form of Van Helsing and his companions pitted against the supernatural forces of Count Dracula, the vampire from Transylvania. Not only was this novel about good vs. evil but upon inspection found to have many themes and views relevant to the time it was written. This caused it to be a huge success of its time and in 1922 the German director Murnau...
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  • Bisexuality in Dracula - 992 Words
    Bisexuality in Dracula Everyone needs a role model, someone they look up to, monsters included. Mitchell Lewis quoted “In other words, Dracula is portrayed as a monster not only because he is a vampire but also because he crosses the line in terms of gender, causing others to do so as well.” Sexuality and gender are the main topics and arguments in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. Dracula, along with the women vampires who look up to him are all expressed as bisexual because they are attracted to...
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  • The Settings of Dracula - 1171 Words
    With castles, hidden streets, waterways, recurring rainy weather, interesting European architecture, and mystique, London is the perfect location for Bram Stoker's Dracula. London: The capital of Great Britain, and the center of attention in the nineteenth century, due to the many incidents that were going on at the time. The novel includes many daunting scenes, such as when Dracula heaves a sack withholding a deceased child before three female vampires. It is no surprise why he choose London...
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  • The Role of Characters in Dracula and Carmilla
    The Role Of Characters In Dracula and Carmilla February 16th, 2009 EN-102-69 Professor Kaplan Essay 1 – Final Draft Acknowledgements This paper would not have been possible without the help of many people. Firstly, I would like to thank my classmates for all of their inputs and perspectives, in class discussions, thread discussions and their papers, which helped me gain a complete understanding of the two stories. I would also like to thank my peer edit partners Joey and Michele who...
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  • Dracula Comparison Paper - 897 Words
     Katelyn Poniatowski Professor Kanicki English 212 18 November 2013 Dracula Film and Movie Comparison Most anyone will say that a book is always better than a movie. This is simply due to the fact that it is impossible to fit every detail that a book can hold into a two-hour long movie. I was beyond surprised to discover that this was not the case when comparing Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel and Bram Stoker’s Dracula the movie. I found myself preferring the movie rendition. There were...
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  • Dracula Book Review - 547 Words
    Dracula The book Dracula was written by author Bram Stoker. It is about the journey a group of friends takes to rid the world of a master vampire, and the sorrows and danger along the way. It includes a heart wrenching struggle to believe in something only thought of in the darkest and most secluded portions of the mind. The book although set in London and the surrounding area for the most part, begins with Jonathan Harker’s journey to Transylvania. The rising action starts when he...
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  • Dracula: An Epitome of the Gothic Novel
    Alex Prather Weems British Literature August 9, 2010 Dracula, by Bram Stoker, is quite the epitome of the gothic novel. Towards the beginning of the story, the setting takes place in an old and ominous castle, which is highly characteristic of gothic literature. Harker’s tribulation begins when “the driver was in the act of pulling up the horses in the courtyard of a vast ruined castle,” (Stoker 18). There is also a gloomy and menacing tone given to the setting of the novel, as in most...
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  • Sexuality In Bram Stoker's Dracula
    Sexuality in Bram Stoker's DraculaBram Stoker's Dracula, favorably received by critics upon publication in 1897, entertained its Victorian audience with unspeakable horrors such as vampires invading bedrooms to prey on beautiful maidens under the guise of night. The novel's eroticism proved even more unspeakable. Received in the era of repression, it remains questionable whether Dracula's readership perceived the sexuality flowing from the page. An advocate for the censorship of sexual material,...
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  • Dracula Theme Essay - 345 Words
     A theme in Dracula is Old versus New. The group trying to destroy Dracula has all of the latest technology while Dracula is an ancient figure and has been around for centuries. In the end, all of the new technology fails the group when they need it most, and they end up killing Dracula using basic tools and ancient rituals. When Jonathan Harker stayed in Dracula’s castle, he said “unless my senses deceive me, the old centuries had, and have, powers of their own which mere...
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  • Dracula and Blade Comparison - 1346 Words
    Gothic Horror is a term used to depict fictitious work that has incorporated a lot of horror scenes as well as elements of the unreal world, exploring the conflict between good and evil and dealing with the supernatural in some sort of way. The episodic novel Dracula written by Bram Stoker in 1897 and the movie Blade by Stephen Norrington created in 1998 bring to the fore many conventions relating to the Gothic Horror genre despite their vastly different contexts. Gothic elements of...
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  • Dracula Transformation Essay - 1237 Words
    Shadow of the Vampire is a post-modern text which is a reconstruction of Dracula, a novel by Bram Stoker, and Nosferatu a film directed by F.W. Murnau. The use of intertexuality in Shadow of the Vampire is a key aspect which allows it to echo; themes, the gothic mode and issues that are present in the other two texts. Through a clear pastiche, Merhige produces a new text from the old. Immortality is a key theme which has been subverted from the physical sense through sucking blood, as it’s...
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  • Degenerate Characteristics of Dracula - 1118 Words
    Degenerate Characters of Dracula In the novel, Dracula, Bram Stoker puts together a variety of characters with several characteristics that are unique and somewhat alike in many ways. One way that some of the characters are similar is that they show signs of being a degenerate. A degenerate is a person who has sunk below a former or normal condition and lost normal or higher qualities. These people most likely have mentally and sometimes physically become deteriorated to the point where...
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  • Dracula Good + Evil - 2274 Words
    Dracula Write an essay on the representation of the themes of Good and Evil in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Dracula is a story about the perennial battle between good and evil involving Dracula as the antagonist. This war dates back as far as God versus the Devil or the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch in Oz. It is black and white, right? But wait, wasn’t it God who drowned the entire human population at one point and killed every Egyptian firstborn son at another. Was Lucifer a...
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  • Dracula and Edward Cullen - 578 Words
    DRACULA V.S TWILIGHT Bram Stokers Dracula and Twilights Edward Cullen may both be vampires but don’t have much in common. Dracula could not go out in the sun. Edward Cullen can. Although when he does he sparkles, which makes things a little difficult when going out in public. Dracula hunted people. He took human lives for blood. Edward Cullen and his family consider themselves “vegetarians” only hunting animals for blood. Dracula slept in a coffin. Edward Cullen doesn’t sleep. Ever....
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  • Dangers of Female Sexuality (Dracula)
    Written in the late 19th century Brom Stokers Dracula the danger of female sexuality was put on display. Brom stokers Dracula dealt a lot with Victorian women and how they were belittle. There were certain standards women had to meet to be considered Victorian women. In the Victorian society women had very narrow gender roles. There were two paths a women could take she could be pure and virginal which would include being a mother and a wife. Or you were regarded to as a whore or expendable to...
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  • Dracula Belonging Essay - 744 Words
    In your study of Dracula, how has Stoker developed notions of identity through connections to culture? In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, notions of identity through cultural connections have been developed through the use of his characters. This is demonstrated through the contrast of Jonathon Harker when he is in Transylvania and his status in England. Stoker has also developed the concept of identity through the connection of different cultures as symbolised by the different characters in their...
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  • An Analysis of Bram Stoker’s Dracula
    Quarter 2 Dracula Bram Stoker 9 December 2012 Dracula In a world with diverse beliefs and increasing technology, we as people tend to be place in a game of tug of war. Struggling to live a traditionally religious and modest life rather than falling for the life of crime, sin, and all forms of temptations. Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula developed a storyline that expresses the actions and life styles that the people of the 19th century were experiencing. Throughout the chapters we go from...
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  • Christian Motif in Dracula - 611 Words
    In Bram’s Stoker’s Dracula (1897), one of the main motifs present throughout the whole piece is Catholicism. Catholicism does not only appear as a motif but also as a major theme in the novel. On the books, Broker was known to be a Protestant, however after releasing his novel Dracula, he was considered of being “a closet Catholic cloaking his dangerous views in a relatively safe literary medium” (Starrs, D. Bruno). Even though the novel portrays Anti-Christian values and beliefs, Bram Stoker...
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  • Bram Stoker's Dracula - 2106 Words
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