Somnambulism In Dracula, Count Dracula By Bram Stoker

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The story of a vampire, Count Dracula, written by Bram Stoker. Back in 1879 when this piece of literature was written it did not take much to push fear into an average persons mind. But what about this novel makes it so horrifying? Motifs such as revenants, somnambulism, mist/fog, curses, cemeteries, and many more are what give many gothic novels their appeal and emotional interest. This novel has a way of making the reader overthink everything and second guess themselves when it comes to assuming what is going to happen next, or what is going to happen to the characters as the story progresses. Oftentimes throughout this novel there is a unexpected twist or event that really puts the reader on edge and keeps them thinking. In Chapter 19 of Dracula, Mina experiences a peculiar mist coming towards her room at first, and then seeping into her room as the night goes on. This motif, a strange mist or fog, is very common among many gothic novels of this time and in future literature. The mood mist sets is …show more content…
One day she will be well, and the next once again near death. After the sudden and odd death of Lucy, Van Helsing, a character introduced to help care for Lucy, in later chapters expresses his knowledge of the “undead”. A revenant is someone who has returned, especially supposedly from the dead. Many small hints in the beginning chapters of this novel point our attention towards the assumption that Count Dracula is a revenant. As the book progresses, it is revealed to us that Lucy is a part of the undead as well. The way she is depicted does not leave a lot of room for us to guess her physical and mental state. Back in these days the people were more pure, they had strong beliefs and horrifying superstitions. Just the thought of there possibly being as “undead” was sure to terrify many people. Lucy is described as beautiful after death, and acts very strange few days

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