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Dracula- Bram Stoker.

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Dracula- Bram Stoker In my opinion, this is one of the greatest horror books that have ever been written. It is excellent. The book begins with Jonathon Harker- one of the main characters, writing in his journal. From this we see that he is on his way to Transylvania, 'one of the wildest and least known portions of Europe' where he is visiting one of the clients of the accountants firm that he works for in his castle, Castle Dracula. From Budapest, he travels to Bistritz where he stays in the Golden Krone Hotel. The next day he is to travel to the Borgo pass by coach where Draculas carriage will meet him. There are early signs that all is not right: He has queer dreams whilst staying in Budapest, people are very wary of telling him anything of the count or his castle, when he asked the hotel owners what they knew of the Count 'both he and his wife crossed themselves and, saying that they knew nothing at all, refused to speak any further', people try to warn him off going to the castle, the ...read more.

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Jonathan boards the carriage and begins the final lap of his journey towards the castle. The way in which the journey is described builds up a sense of apprehension, as if this is the beginning of an undescribable horror. The closer to the castle Jonathan gets, the worse it is. He sees a blue flame which the driver runs off into the darkness to inspect. While he is away the wolves of the forest form a ring around him but when the driver comes back, he merely sweeps them away with a gesture of his arm. As they travel on, he falls asleep. This first chapter is the setting of the whole book. Bram Stoker creates a sense of fear, chilling and cold. The reader knows that all is not right but doesn't know what is wrong. Many bizarre things are happening but we don't know what they all add up to. He finally arrives at the castle. The driver drives away and leaves him at the door. ...read more.

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One event in particular makes Jonathan very suspicious. He was shaving in front of his shaving mirror, the only mirror in the house when he felt a hand on his shoulder, he turned around, surprised because the mirror showed the whole room , and the count was standing there, he checked again yet there was no reflection of the count in the mirror. When the Count saw the blood from the cut which Jonathan procured when he turned so quickly 'his eyes blazed with some sort of demonic fury and he suddenly made a grab at my throat'. The count withdrew, flinging the mirror out of the window. Jonathan also makes another discovery, all the doors are locked nad boltted. There is no way to escape the castle save for the windows. He is a prisoner. There is not another living soul in the castle, no servants- the count does it all in secret, it was him who drove the carriage from the Borgo pass to Castle Dracula. Suddenly everything starts to fall into place. The people at Julianna Barnaby English non fiction coursework Book review Pupil number 0507 Centre number: 14386 Virgo Fidelis convent school ...read more.

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