Vampire as Christ: Antithesis and Religion in Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Within the pages of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the author explores concepts of love, darkness, and sexuality as well as the theme of good versus evil. The most powerful theme surrounding the infamous vampire, however, is that of mortality. Death and the possibility of life after death permeate the novel in its most Gothic moments as … Read moreVampire as Christ: Antithesis and Religion in Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Dracula and Cognitive Dissonance

In his novel Dracula, Bram Stoker’s characters are deeply disturbed by the existence of the vampire. The notion of a creature that is both living and dead challenges their sanity by forcing them to question those things which they had previously considered to be obvious truths. Typically, these members of Victorian society would believe that … Read moreDracula and Cognitive Dissonance

The Absence of Amsterdam: Confounding Principles of Presentness in Stoker’s Dracula

The Absence of Amsterdam: Confounding Principles of Presentness in Stoker’s Dracula Doctor Abraham Van Helsing is an intriguing and somewhat problematic character on several levels. According to critic Martin Willis the introduction of Van Helsing represents a new understanding of disease and infection. In Victorian times it was still common for people to think of … Read moreThe Absence of Amsterdam: Confounding Principles of Presentness in Stoker’s Dracula

Considering in detail one or two passages, discuss ways in which Stoker’s descriptions of settings contribute to the effectiveness of Dracula

Bram Stoker’s use of setting to establish some of the key gothic elements to the novel Dracula proves to be crucial in developing both suspense and intrigue. This can be studied particularly closely with reference to Jonathan Harker’s narrative of his journey into the Carpathian Mountains and Mina Harker’s description of her hometown, Whitby. Both … Read moreConsidering in detail one or two passages, discuss ways in which Stoker’s descriptions of settings contribute to the effectiveness of Dracula

Meta-textuality Within Dracula

Bram Stoker’s revolutionary novel Dracula gave way to the splendor of modernism. Displaying many ground breaking modernist techniques, Dracula is especially reliant on the use of a meta-textual narrative. Stoker introduces his novel with a paragraph stating that how “these papers have been placed in sequence will be made manifest in the reading of them. … Read moreMeta-textuality Within Dracula

Stoker’s Atmosphere of Fear: Narrative Technique in the Opening of “Dracula”

The opening chapters of Dracula by Bram Stoker set the scene atmospherically and build the feeling of fear steadily through a combination of themes which were feared in Victorian times. Gothic literature was a new and exciting concept for the stoic Victorians, who weren’t used to the overdramatic mannerisms of the gothic characters, and the … Read moreStoker’s Atmosphere of Fear: Narrative Technique in the Opening of “Dracula”

The Evolution of the Vampire

The appearance of the Gothic in architecture of the Middle Ages was the start point and muse of Gothic Literary. The lack of simplicity, symmetry, regularity and nonconformation to nature inspired the features of Gothic Literature: horror/ terror, dark environment, paranormal, evil creatures, supernatural entities (vampires, ghosts, werewolves), haunted castles and mansions, isolated setting, violence, … Read moreThe Evolution of the Vampire

Transformation and Transgression in Gothic Literature: Analyzing Stoker and Carter

The Gothic is undeniably intertwined with transformative states, both literally, such as with the presentation of supernatural beings that lie between life and death, and also thematically, with the idea of transitional time periods and settings. One of the great contradictions of Gothic literature is how, while transformations are integral to the genre, there remains … Read moreTransformation and Transgression in Gothic Literature: Analyzing Stoker and Carter

Relatable Monstrosities: Dracula and The Purple Cloud

In the novels Dracula by Bram Stoker and The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel, the conscious efforts by characters to preserve their humanity and align themselves with others act as barriers to their pursuit of personal fulfillment. Indeed, our lives as humans are defined almost solely by the obligations we owe to society and … Read moreRelatable Monstrosities: Dracula and The Purple Cloud