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[Dracula - Bram Stoker]


Good or Evil, Who Will Win?

Dracula starts off with a macabre sojourn of Jonathon Harker into the forbidding mountains of Transylvania. As the solicitor for a mysterious European noble, Jonathon Harker is sent by his law firm to conduct business for Count Dracula to help him with the purchase of several properties in England. What he doesn’t know, however, is that Count Dracula is a long dead noble of the grisly middle ages, and that he, Jonathon Harker, is trapped in a castle, alone, with an unknown monster. Although Jonathon Harker later manages to escape the castle, the tone and atmosphere of this chilling introduction continues to promulgate throughout the length of the novel. Capturing the goodness and nobility of man (and woman), the human characters inside Dracula are all of great strength, intelligence, and character. Continuing on in the line of human virtuosity versus the sinister evil of Dracula, Bram Stoker leads the reader on through the pages by posing an important question: Good or evil, who will win? I will not ruin the story by answering that question, but the story does wrap up in an explosion of events as the characters race against time, to vanquish the one and only object of evil – Count Dracula.


Dracula – A Gothic Classic, But Too Lengthy and Overdramatic

When Jonathon Harker is sent on business to Transylvania to handle the purchase of a property in England for a mysterious Count Dracula, he has no idea that the castle he is heading to, Castle Dracula, has been uninhabited my living people for centuries. Harker has no idea that Count Dracula is a super-strong, super-intelligent vampire planning to take over England by establishing various lairs across the country; and that he is only assisting the monster in its grand scheme. This harrowing experience early in the novel brings the reader to high expectations and prepares them for a harrowing experience for themselves – a sleepless night.
Unfortunately, the grim, horrorific atmosphere of the novel is cut off and the reader is left with pleasant reading and a beakerful of rapidly cooling hot chocolate as two ladies exchange letters dealing with marriage proposals and other such pleasantries. The pace of the novel does not pick up until Lucy Westenra, one of those ladies, is hit by Dracula’s vicious attacks and turned into a vampire herself. Like a sine graph, the level of horror and tension in this novel goes up and down as Stoker ‘stokes’ the reader on.
The novel gets quite dull as Stoker puts in too many peripheral themes and secondary additions to the plot and characters. Renfield, for example, is a crazed inmate of a mental hospital. The story continues to go back to the progress of Renfield in his craziness as his psychic connection to Dracula becomes apparent, ultimately resulting in the killing of Renfield by Dracula and no further mentioning of it throughout the rest of the story – the novel could do with a little slimming. The intervals between Dracula’s attacks are also way too long. Taking three subsequent attacks from a vampire to turn the victum into a vampire him/herself, the periods of almost no substantial activity in between these attacks are long and drawn out. Stoker tries to create suspense by making each attack stirring and highly sensational but the reader soon catches on that these attacks are going to happen anyway, effectively killing the anticipation.
Sensationalism and lengthiness aside, the reader will be sure to get an interesting read. With Stoker’s unique combination of Gothic elements, along with added portions of horror, invasion literature, and the supernatural, the hot chocolate after all, won’t go to waste.

Author Biography

Bram Stoker

Over time, because of his flagship work Dracula, his name has become associated with horror and the supernatural. However, contrary to the image his name invokes in many people, Bram Stoker led a moderate life of a writer. Born in 1847 in Ireland, Stoker was a mathematician in college, in contrast to his career as a writer. Later writing his most famous work, Dracula, Stoker made his mark in literary history. As for the rest of his writings? Forgettable.external image image?id=66447&rendTypeId=4
[Bram Stoker]