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GCSE: Bram Stoker
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How does Bram stoker manipulate audience response to Jonathan Harker and Dracula in his entopic novel?5 star(s)
Jonathan also comes across as a very precise man as he notes the exact train times down, "should have arrived at 6:46, but the train was an hour late." Bram stoker also puts this across later in the chapter when other times are mentioned. By putting the exact time it emphasises how precise he is. He wants us to see Jonathan this way so that the audience think he is a trustable character, and believe what he is saying. Bram Stoker also portrays Jonathan as a very observant character.
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Moral behaviour, and a feminine appearance were also aspects of a traditional Victorian ideal. As well as this, Victorian women were expected to be obedient and virtuous. However, in the late 1800's the Victorian ideal was being challenged, which better became known as the 'New Woman'. These new women were to be considered the feminists of the time, they rejected clothing that restricted their movement, like corsets and petticoats, and others even took to riding bicycles. All of these matters evolved into being a threat for the traditional way of Victorian life. In Bram Stoker's 'Dracula', Mina measures up fairly well as a traditional Victorian woman.
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"How does the multiple narrative structure affect the portrayal of Dracula and how is he shown to be an anti-hero?"4 star(s)
This causes us to only hear a biased opinion of the events that took place. The book is mainly aimed at the British audience, we can see this because the many foreign characters that are in the story are not used in the book very much. This is because in Victorian society foreigners were looked down on by the English people. This is part of the reason why Dracula is portrayed badly because he is from Transylvania. The multi-narrative structure is used to make the story more believable and to make Dracula appear in the worst possible light, the multi-narrative affects how Dracula is portrayed because he has no narrative so we cannot see him from any other point of view apart from that of his enemies.
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By giving this information Stoker presents a location for the castle of Dracula, in current day Romania. The date and place "3rd May Bistriz" also gives the reader a clue to Jonathon's current whereabouts and when he wrote that particular entry. Jonathon then continues on to describe everywhere he sees in detail and all the countries he has experienced on his way to his final destination. As he has moved farther east, the country has become wilder and less modern.
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He describes them as being "Bathed in a deep red light" and red is the colour of blood. It is also associated with evil and danger. In scene three after Jonathan has arrived at the castle and met Dracula, to convey horror, three hags are added. Adding the hags to the play provides a hypnotic element, like they have put Jonathan under a spell. They use figurative speech and metophorical language when they are talking. An example of this is "The scratch of the spiders leg over the floor." This is used to describe the hags voice. It doesn't really sound like that, it is probably a low rough sounding voice, but describing it like this gives it a supernatural effect.
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