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Consider how the theme of light and darkness is used to good effect in 'Dracula'. Consider the use of language and imagery, how this theme relates to other themes within the novel.

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Consider how the theme of light and darkness is used to good effect in 'Dracula'. Consider the use of language and imagery, how this theme relates to other themes within the novel. The theme of light and darkness is used to good effect in 'Dracula' through many ways. When considering light and darkness as an ongoing competitive battle it is possible in 'Dracula' to incorporate themes of 'day and night' as well as 'life and death' and 'right and wrong' as they all share similarities in contrast. It has been argued and said that stoker did not believe in the opinion of extremes meaning he liked to incorporate the idea that something is neither 'black nor white' but possibly grey. ...read more.

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Although darkness is associated with evil, there are moments in the novel that contradict this because the reader can spot the evil characters by their descriptions 'pale or white skin'. It can be argued that the theme of light VS darkness is used to good effect because the language creates an image which is easy to understand. Throughout the novel there are very little references to light in contrast to darkness where there are many, this is due to the constant presence of evil in the book, the title is a constant reminder that evil is present as it means 'Prince of Darkness'. Between chapters 5 and 6 when Dracula's presence is rarely mentioned there is happiness and a vaster presence of light. ...read more.

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Another fact that shows the state of 'in-between ness' is Lucy, when she is bitten she behaves both, human in daytime and vampiric at night time. Because she is both good and evil, she can be summarised as 'between the extremes' so is acting as an example of stokers views. In conclusion 'light VS darkness' is just one example of an extreme contained within the novel and shows the contrast between characters, JH,JS,VH,MM are closely associated with light and Dracula is associated with darkness, but Lucy on the other hand is both as she is stuck between the two extremes and has vital characteristics of both. 'Evil in night when it is dark is one of the extremes that Lucy is attached to but during the day she is good when it is light. This theme is used to good effect as there are other extremes within the novel which all relate to each other. ...read more.

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