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    To what extent is Dracula a conventional Gothic protagonist

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    Never did I imagine such wraths of fury, even in the demons of the pit!" Stoker presents the count as being: "lapped in a storm of fury," foreshadowing the terrible storm at Whitby when Dracula arrives on English soil. Stoker's uses the imagery of hell to describe Dracula's rage, writing: "his eyes were positively blazing...as if the flames of hell-fire blazed in them." This imagery of a fiery furnace is similar to Milton's description of Satan in Paradise Lost' as "the infernal serpent," dwelling in a "penal fire." However despite Satan's high status and charisma, he does not have the extreme contrast in personality, and the genteel almost awkward persona that Dracula has.

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  2. A Critical Analysis of Dracula pg. 41

    This passivity however could have multi-accentuality, also trying to eliminate the stereotypical gender role where the woman is passive. This view is reinforced later in the chapter when Harker is seduced by three dominant female vampires. The passage progresses in a typical Gothic fashion, describing the sublime setting 'the window at which I stood was tall and deep' whilst keeping Harker's vulnerability and his fear of the creature prominent, 'I drew back behind the stonework.' As the passage states that Harker did not 'see the face' this emphasises the fear of the unknown and also symbolises Dracula's regression from human to animalistic.

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  3. Dracula has been described as a novel of Gothic horror(TM) " considering in detail one or two passages, explain why this is true (P.44-47).

    Like the count himself, the Castle is degenerate and corrupt; we feel a great sense of decay which is revealed through the descriptions of the house. This is linked to the idea of Dracula being ageless and immortal. He is a kind of reverent who aught to be dead. Through this we see the Gothic's function to create anxiety and unease, which is reiterated in the appearance of the vampiresses, who share the Count's undead qualities. Chris Baldick cited that 'The Gothic house is legible to our post-Freudian culture...we can also recognise...the crypts and cellars of repressed desire.'

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