Bram Stoker Essays

12th Grade

Dracula

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...

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Dracula

Bram Stoker’s Dracula is not compiled like most gothic novels; rather it is compiled of many different sources and mediums.These sources are used to tell the history of Count Dracula, a rich vampire, and his evil attempt to create more...

12th Grade

Dracula

Dracula’s abrupt opening declaration that Jonathan Harker “left Munich at 8:35 p.m. on 1st May” does very little in terms of setting the initial scene, though readers find the brief nature of Harker’s diary peeling away to reveal the superstitious...

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Dating back to early history, vampires have persevered through different languages, kings, and cultures as vessels for the parasitic nature of man who preys upon the innocent. Victorian writers, who originally created the vampire, or the original...

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With the rise of the Victorian Age, another movement began to develop--the “New Woman.” Considered by some to be the predecessor of modern feminism, this movement marked a change in the attitudes and desires of Victorian woman, with more and more...

12th Grade

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“Will you marry me?” Throughout the ages, this life-changing question has been asked billions of times all across the world by both men and women. However, not so long ago during the Victorian era, the idea of a woman asking this question was...

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‘Our experience of the world is through the transitory experience of embodiment’.[1] This statement by Marie Mulvey-Roberts exemplifies as to why the body is so prevalent when horror is depicted in the gothic; we exist only within our bodies and...

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The economic instability which fueled the radical political divisions in America during the 1920s more than set the stage for Universal Studios’ rise to Hollywood powerhouse as the home of horror and monsters; it constructed that stage and defined...

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Images of the vampire over time show a cohesive relationship with the genre of gothic literature because of its complex and contradictory nature. Gothic literature’s rise as the artistic interaction between the scientific and the supernatural...

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Dracula

Bram Stoker uses the characters of Lucy Westenra and Mina Harker in his novel Dracula to explore the essential attributes of a “New Woman” in Victorian England. Written during the late nineteenth century, this novel emerged out of a time where the...

Dracula

In periods of cultural insecurity, when there are fears of regression and degeneration, the longing for strict border controls around the definition of gender, as well as race, class, and nationality, becomes especially intense. If the different...

Dracula

The title character in Bram Stoker's "Dracula" is a sexually perplexing figure. Nietzche wrote of a creative being called the "berman", or "superman". Men who overcome their handicaps and identify with God are potential supermen; as models of this...

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The era of industrialization ushered in new ways of disseminating and creating art. Along with technological innovation come the anxious reservations of aesthetic purists. These reservations stem from wariness about the dehumanizing effect of...

Dracula

The issue of social class and its effects upon society in Victorian-era Europe is a theme central to Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. On the surface, the novel seems to be a story of a battle between good and evil; upon further analysis, it could be...

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The fantastic [...] lasts only as long as a certain hesitation: a hesitation common to reader and character, who must decide whether or not what they perceive derives from "reality" as it exists in the common opinion. At the story's end, the...

Dracula

In his novel Dracula, Bram Stoker’s characters are deeply disturbed by the existence of the vampire. The notion of a creature that is both living and dead challenges their sanity by forcing them to question those things which they had previously...