Essay on Dracula, By Bram Stoker

1187 Words Dec 18th, 2016 5 Pages
Bram Stoker had his novel Dracula published in 1897, and though the novel never gives the year in which the events of the narrative take place, the narrative never informs the reader during what year the events of the story happened. It’s just strange, seeing as how the way in which the narrative is delivered through journals, letters, phonographs, and other such recorded forms. The majority of which are presented with the dates Stoker’s character’s supposedly recorded them. On the topic of the presentation of the narrative, it is clear by the end of the novel that each of the characters that built upon have worked to give the reader a clear picture of the monster that is Dracula. The majority of characters that add to the narrative are English, with the exception of Dr. Van Helsing. Looking at Dracula from the perspectives given, why was Dracula such a large threat, and how did this threat work to find its way into the genre of horror, where Dracula set itself as such a major influence on the tradition? The first thing that should be looked at is the novel’s title character. Shortly after Jonathan’s arrival at Dracula’s castle he is made comfortable. Dracula helps him with his bags, shows him a fine meal, and later brings him to a prepared bedroom. He says shortly after Jonathan’s arrival that, “It is late, and my people are not available. Let me see to your comfort myself” (Stoker 22). He implies he has some form of help around the house, and it isn’t until later that is…

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