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Dracula - Bram Stoker creates suspense in Jonathan Harker's first diary entry by his description of the scene. An atmosphere of dread, fear and the unknown can be felt when reading the passage.

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GCSE English/Literature Bram Stoker creates suspense in Jonathan Harker's first diary entry by his description of the scene. An atmosphere of dread, fear and the unknown can be felt when reading the passage. Dusk is the time of day where you can imagine all sorts of creepy things happening. The sun setting behind the mountains give the appearance of moving shadows. The passengers felt so afraid of their surroundings that they crossed themselves. Jonathan feels unsure about the excitement he sees from the other passengers, which cant, be explained. Dracula's appearance is mystical. The writer begins to build suspense when Jonathan Harker describes "the shadows of the evening." He creates an atmospheric effect by saying "they creep around us." This gives the awareness that the night is coming and like a person or animal is stalking them. From the opening lines of his diary I think Jonathan is feeling uncomfortable. Bram Stoker begins to build tension when Jonathan Harker describes "by the roadside were many crosses." He creates a scene of darkness and dread. ...read more.


Like the passengers are begin to fear Dracula before we even see him. Bram Stoker starts to build anxiety when Jonathan describes, "one by one several of the passengers offered me gifts". This suggests that the passengers turned to their religion in order to keep them safe and to protect them from evil by offering Jonathan the cross they hoped it protect him from the evil. When Jonathan describes his feelings "I felt a strange chill, and a lonely feeling came over me". This produces anxiety and tension "I felt a little strange, and not a little frightened". I think this gives the impact that Jonathan is beginning to feel fear of the unknown situation that he is in. Another example of tension is when Jonathan describes. "I would have liked to asked the driver what it all meant". I think Jonathan is beginning to question the strange things that are happening around him. By saying "I really feared to do so". Jonathan gives the impression that he is petrified of the driver. ...read more.


After being frightened by the noise from the wolves, the horses became agitated and unmanageable, but a few quietly spoken words by Dracula were enough to calm them down. "I have heard of horse - tamers doing this and with extraordinary effect". Jonathan, to me is trying to understand what he has just seen. A lot of unusual events seem to be happening to Jonathan, which he is having a lot of trouble making sense of. When the driver (Dracula) had left them "the horses began to tremble". Jonathan could sense the horses fear. Jonathan has noticed that the driver has had this effect on the wolves also, "as he swept his long arms as though brushing aside some impalpable obstacle, the wolves fell back and back further still". To Jonathan, the driver seems to be controlling the surroundings that he has found himself in. because Jonathan is more terrorized than ever before bring about a real strong sense of suspense to this story, which the writer Bram Stoker intended to do. Bram Stoker has crated suspense in this diary entry by the words he uses and the scenes he has described. And especially the detailed description of the first encounter with Dracula. Jarrad Harvey 11D ...read more.

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