Dracula

The Role of Voice in 'Dracula' 12th Grade

Bram Stoker’s Manichean novel relies profoundly on the use of Voice, and the flexibility of his writing style attributes to the realism of the recounts - whilst creating significant depth to the plot. The alternating narrative contributes to the authenticity of the supernatural: enables the reader to achieve a sense of the protagonist’s continual development, and also can be used to foreshadow and forebode events via the characters displayed strengths or weaknesses. However whilst Voice itself is communicative, the lack of articulation is also a powerful tool utilized by the author, evoking the reader’s imagination via the created ambiguity.

To develop verisimilitude, Stoker communicates the character development of the male protagonist - using Jonathan Harker’s own voice - to convey the metamorphosis from the fastidious and staccato-toned gentleman in Chapter One, to his opposite: the audacious and charismatic young man by the third Chapter. Harker’s quintessential Victorian, British attitude is noticeable when he remarks skeptically upon the wary Transylvanian locals, dismissing concerns as “all very ridiculous”, while stating that he “did not feel comfortable” with their admonitions. Such language is used to represent the...

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