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How does Bram stoker manipulate audience response to Jonathan Harker and Dracula in his entopic novel?

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How does Bram stoker manipulate audience response to Jonathan Harker and Dracula in his entopic novel? Since Dracula was written in 1897, by the successful Bram Stoker it has since been a popular novel. The story line is based upon a mysterious vampire in Transylvania who travels to England in the search of fresh blood but complications arise when Jonathan Harker and accomplices intervene, causing a catastrophe. Bram Stoker manipulates his audience's response to Jonathan Harker and Dracula. The book is set pre-1915 and is of a gothic genre, so is intended to be frightening and mysterious, which are general expectations of a gothic genre. To begin with the first four chapters are written from Jonathan Harker's point of view, through his journal. Therefore, indicating that Bram stoker wants us to have a good understanding of Jonathan's character before any other characters are introduced. So that we can get a very clear idea of what he usually like, his habits, what he is like before, during and after going to Transylvania. There are many indications that Bram stoker wants us to view Jonathan as an intellectual, as he focuses on Jonathan's time spent at the British museum in England, researching for his journey to Transylvania. He wants us to view him as an intellectual so that later on the book you will trust what he is writing about his journey, and not think he has gone mad. ...read more.

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Further on in the book, after Jonathan has returned from Transylvania, Bram Stoker shows that Jonathan isn't fearless, "I noticed that the others kept looking over their shoulders as every sound and every new shadow, just as I felt myself doing." The quotation suggests that he feels uneasy in his surroundings and that he has a fear of something, so Bram Stoker portrays him as not fearless, unlike at the beginning of the book, where he is presented as fearless and a very successful. I think by showing a change in the character Bram Stoker is implying that the circumstances have had an effect on him and that they must have been awful circumstances because to begin with he was a fearless man and now he's looking over his shoulder, scared of his surroundings. Dracula is then described in Mina Harker's journal, during which he is in the form of a dog. "Long and dark with red eyes." This is a description of the glance that Mina caught of Dracula. The adjective "red" suggests evil, so Bram Stoker is building up to the fact that Dracula is the evil character in the book. Bram Stoker only describes Dracula thoroughly through Jonathan Harker's journal at the beginning of the book, I think that this is because he doesn't want to give too much away, just give little hints throughout the ...read more.

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I think he has done this to show just how powerful and controlling he was, because even the determined and fearless Jonathan was glad to see him die. Bram Stoker uses the phrase "deathly pale" to describe Dracula when he is in the coffin. The word "deathly" is effective and it suggests that he is more dead than alive and the comparison that Bram Stoker uses is trying to show us that he is quite a spooky individual. In conclusion I think that Bram Stoker manipulates his audience well. All the way through the book, he builds up Dracula as an evil, mysterious character by comparisons to death and evil colours such as red, yet at the end we do have some sympathy for him. He does the same for Jonathan Harker, but as a positive intellectual person through Jonathan's own journal and notes. He presents him as a very organised and fearless person, as he notes down exact train times and goes to extremes to dispose of Dracula. I think these are the typical characteristics we expect the good person in a book to have, clever organised, an all-round person that faces out of the ordinary circumstances. The way that Bram Stoker controls his audience by creating suspense and not giving the whole game away, having the traditional good versus evil, keeps the audience guessing all the way through his eponymous novel. ?? ?? ?? ?? Georgina Grainger 10DF ...read more.

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