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Dracula Is One of the Most Important and Influencial Novels of Its Genre, Why, What Has Made It So Successful?

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Dracula IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INFLUENCIAL NOVELS OF ITS GENRE, WHY, WHAT HAS MADE IT SO SUCCESSFUL? BRAM STOKER'S GOTHIC HORROR ANDREW STEVEN HOWELL DRACULA A STUDY OF THE CLASSIC GENRE GOTHIC HORROR Writer of one of the world's most famous horror novels, Abraham Stoker (Bram Stoker) was born to the loosely defined socio-cultural group known as the Anglo-Irish. A Protestant Dubliner, he was the son of a civil servant, and he was expected to follow in his father's footsteps. As a child, Abraham Stoker was a sickly child often on the point of death by his own account; he never stood upright without aid until he was seven years old. At Trinity College, he studied mathematics and became president of the Philosophical Society and the Historical Society. Dracula is an epistolary novel, meaning that is composed from letters, journal and diary entries, telegrams, and some newspaper clippings. Jonathan Harker, Mina Murray (later Mina Harker), and Dr. Seward give the largest contributions to the novel, although other characters such as Lucy Westenra and Abraham Van Helsing contribute to some key parts of the book. Because of this, the novel has a slightly journalistic feel, as though it is an account written by the people who witnessed the events. A brief overview of the book would start with a young Englishman named Jonathan Harker, who is travelling through Transylvania on a business trip. He is there to aid Count Dracula, a Transylvanian nobleman, in buying an English estate. ...read more.

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When Van Helsing comes to visit her to ask questions about Lucy, Mina is so impressed by the man that she gives him Jonathan's journal. It provides the missing link for Van Helsing, who now knows how the vampire came to England. Mysterious attacks against children have begun in the area where Lucy was buried. Van Helsing shows Seward, Quincey, and Arthur that the cause is Lucy, who is now one of the undead. Arthur is the one who gives his fianc�e peace by staking her through the heart. The four men pledge to destroy Dracula next. DRACULA A STUDY OF THE CLASSIC GENRE GOTHIC HORROR Mina and Jonathan join with the men, and using the asylum of Dr. Seward as their headquarters, they plan to destroy Dracula for good. The fifty boxes, now scattered in and around London, are the key. The boxes are full of earth made sacred by Dracula's family, and he cannot survive unless he sleeps in them for at least part of the day. The men begin to hunt down the boxes' whereabouts, but Renfield, one of Dr. Seward's patients, works as Dracula's henchman, and with his aid the vampire is able to feed on Mina in secret. By the time the men learn what is going on, they are too late: they burst into the room one night to find Jonathan unconscious and Mina being forced to drink blood from Dracula's chest. Now, after enough time has passed she will become one of the undead�unless they can destroy Dracula first. ...read more.

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He speaks in quaint, imperfect English, perhaps one of the reasons that this very important character's journal entries do not compose a large part of the novel. Dr. John Seward runs the insane asylum near Dracula's new estate. He is one of Lucy Westenra's suitors, but he is rejected in favour of Arthur Holmwood. A supremely rational man whose work among the insane seems at times to have taken its toll on him, he is initially sceptical of Van Helsing's theory. His diary, kept on phonograph, makes up a substantial portion of the novel. The fifth character I shall explain will be Arthur Holmwood, aka Lord Godalming. Lord Goldalming is the lucky suitor whom Lucy picks to be her husband. He is incredibly wealthy, and his money will make the expedition against Dracula possible. He is a good friend with Dr. Seward and Quincey Morris. Arthur's father dies in the course of the novel, after which Arthur inherits his title, "Lord Godalming." To avoid confusion, throughout this summary he is usually referred to simply as "Arthur." Another vibrant character is Lucy Weastenra. Lucy is a Flirtatious, pretty, and good-hearted; Lucy is the first victim of Dracula's dark secret. DRACULA A STUDY OF THE CLASSIC GENRE GOTHIC HORROR She is Arthur's fianc�e and a good friend of Minas. When Dracula's attacks he takes away her strength, making it seem like she has an illness, which her friend Dr. Seward cannot diagnose. She eventually dies and becomes a vampire herself. She then terrorizes children, becoming known as the "bloofer lady" in local papers. ...read more.

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