Stoker's Use Of Gothic Elements In Gothic Literature

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On the same night that Shelley’s Frankenstein was created, the world gained another villain: Dracula. Stoker novel, Dracula, started a craze of vampirism that is still relevant today. What made this novel mainstream in the Romanic era is the way Gothic elements are intertwined in the novel. Dracula’s use of the archetypal character, drama, ATMOSPHERE OR ENVIROMENT, and decay earns it the honor of being considered Romantic, or Gothic, literature.

In Gothic literature, there is always a hero and a villain archetype character. In Dracula, Dracula is the archetypal villain. A villain is the epitome of evil. Dracula is a categorized as a villain because of his implicit malevolence. Dracula has a plan to begin his world domination by conquering London. The destruction he causes doesn’t matter to him as long as he is infected London. Another example of an archetypal character in Dracula is Johnathon. The pattern this characterization includes the Gothic hero, Johnathon, becoming isolated. This isolation can either be voluntarily or involuntary. Johnathon is sent to Dracula’s castle to help Dracula with his business. The castle is far away from civilization, and not too long after he arrives he discovers he is trapped inside the castle.
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Early in the story, Johnathon is headed towards Count Dracula’s castle. As the train gets farther away from civilization the atmosphere becomes spooky. The architecture becomes scarcer and decayed. When he mentions where he is headed, some passengers on the train are scared of him; other passengers worry for him. They give Johnathon a cross necklace to protect him. Dracula, or a rumor of a vampire, is obviously well known and the aurora the atmosphere creates sets the mood for the rest of the graphic

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