Theme Of Motifs In Dracula

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The novel Dracula was written by Bram Stoker. It is a gothic novel that was written in 1897. These types of novels are gothic because they contain some type of mystery or horror. Gothic novels get assistance from motifs to make them more ominous. According to Dictionary.com a motif is, “a recurring subject, theme, idea, etc., especially in a literary, artistic, or musical work” (“motif”). The motifs that are the biggest part of the novel are revenants, dreaming and nightmares, and the pursuit of the heroine. Revenants is a motif that means after a person dies they come back from the dead to get revenge. This motif affects the tone by making the attitude of the author sound frustrated and fearful. It affects the mood by making the reader …show more content…
Dreaming and nightmares is a motif which means dreams and nightmares cause strong feelings within the person that is dreaming. Some examples of these emotions include ecstasy, joy, and terror. This motif affects the tone of the novel by making the author’s attitude sound confused and detached. It affects the mood of the novel by making the readers feel worried and aggravated. Stoker used this motif when Jonathan, the first character to escape Dracula, was falling asleep in a little room that was not his. Jonathan was a prisoner inside of Dracula’s castle when Dracula gave him a warning. Dracula warned him that he should not sleep in any other room except his own. Dracula said if Jonathan fell asleep outside his own room he would have nightmares; he would have nightmares because the castle had many …show more content…
Seward, Arthur, and Quincey Morris race into Mina and Jonathan’s room. When they go into the room they see Dracula forcing Mina to drink his blood. When Dracula noticed them he went to attack them but stopped when Van Helsing held up some sacred wafers toward him. Dracula then summoned a black cloud to hide the moonlight, as soon as the moonlight was hidden he disappeared. Mina then realized what happened and started to scream. Van Helsing woke Jonathan up so he could comfort Mina. Mina was very upset and scared after Dracula attacked her. After this encounter with Dracula, all the men were angry, determined to catch Dracula, and destroy

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