Analysis of Gothic Texts
Composer: Bram Stocker
Published Text Name: Dracula
Date Published: May 1897
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 good and evil. The novel consists of journal entries and letters written by the novel’s main protagonists, including Jonathon Harker and Mina Harker. Sometime in the late nineteenth century a young English lawyer named Jonathan Harker, travels to the Castle Dracula, which is located in Transylvania, he is told to go there by his boss to finalize real estate in England for Count Dracula. Soon after Jonathon’s arrival in Transylvania he makes terrible discoveries in Count Draculas castle. He is made prisoner by Count Dracula and he is compelled into a dangerous encounter with the three seductive Brides of Dracula. Not long after that many mysterious events start taking place in England, like a ship is wrecked on the shores, puncture marks start to appear on women’s necks, and a patient in a lunatic asylum doesn’t stop talking about the arrival of his ‘master’. Bram Stocker reflects on the vampires as evil and they are almost unable to be defeated without great spiritual strength. Eventually the story combined forces of men, defeat Count Dracula. Bram Stocker “Dracula” is a novel that completes the genre of horror; it is a symbolic study of a conflict which has concerned humankind for years. Question 2: Identify the gothic elements in the text and explain their effect on the text as a whole? The gothic nature of this novel is placed throughout the chapters. Bram Stocker tells the reader of the dark, mysterious natural world that surrounds the protagonists in “Dracula”. The...
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