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Fear in Dracula: Speech

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´╗┐Final Speech ________________ Just imagine this. It?s midnight and you?re home alone. The house is silent apart from the low murmurings of the show you?re watching on TV. You see it and hear it at the same time. The front door is suddenly slammed shut against the door frame. Your breathing speeds up. Your heart races. Your muscles tighten. A split second later, you realise it?s only just the wind. No one is trying to break into your house. For a split second you were so afraid that you reacted as if your life were in danger, your body initiated the fight-or-flight response that is crucial to any animal?s survival. But in fact, there was no danger at all. ...read more.


The Jewish tradition has stories of a woman called Lilith who would snatch up young boys in their sleep. This ancient creature had been revisited and recreated in Bram Stoker's gothic novel, Dracula, which was written during the Victorian Era. In this era, composers did not have access to television and so could not use suspenseful and dramatic music or quick cuts to create fear in the audience. Instead, they would write gothic novels, which would critique their contextual values and hence scare the audience by appealing to their real-life fears. It can be said that Stoker had created his main character, Count Dracula, as a result of common Victorian-era fears and Stoker's own personal views on sex . ...read more.


Stoker appeals to his audience by challenging this view in Dr Seward statement; "She seemed like a nightmare of Lucy as she lay there, pointed teeth, the blood stained, voluptuous mouth, which made one shudder to see, the whole carnal and unspirited appearance, seeming like a devilish mockery of Lucy's sweet purity". Woman in the Victorian era were also frowned upon for being sexually assertive in any way. However, in his novel, Stoker uses imagery and word choice in Harker's confession, "I felt in my heart a wicked burning desire that they would kiss me with those red lips", to embody the sexual dominance of the vampire mistresses and illustrate his gradual loss of morals. Such ideas would likely have been a very disturbing and frightening concept to the conservative society of the Victorian Era and would make for a great gothic novel. ...read more.

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