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How does Bram Stoker use Gothic conventions to create an atmosphere of suspense and fear for the reader?

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How does Bram Stoker use Gothic conventions to create an atmosphere of suspense and fear for the reader? Gothic writing was a type of writing which was popular in the late 18th/19th century. It is usually set in medieval castles with secret passageways, dungeons, and ghosts. This type of writing is very melodramatic (over the top) in its style with rather stereotyped characters which was considered shocking in its day. This sort of writing creates a very "eerie" environment and sets the story to be very "horror" like. Gothic writing is and will remain interested in supernatural forces. These supernatural forces consist of tales of desire, darkness, power, spectres, monsters, demons, corpses, skeletons, evil landscapes etc.... These are all conventions, which come under the Gothic tradition. In this essay I'm going to explain how Bram Stoker uses Gothic conventions to create an atmosphere of suspense and fear for the reader. A convention is a feature or ingredient of a particular sort of writing and in Dracula, many Gothic conventions are used to excite the reader. The most important of these are: - journeys and quests, use of diaries, letters or journals, sinister buildings and strange creatures. The conventions that I'm going to write about are: - * Sinister buildings * Creatures of a strange nature * Any other relevant Gothic conventions Dracula, as described in the play, can take many forms of different creatures. ...read more.

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This slowly paints a better picture of Dracula and what he is capable of and what he has done before. Another chilling quote from Dracula is: - "You may as well be quiet; it is not the first time your veins have appeased my thirst" This is a very chilling quote, which refers to the blood in Mina's body. It gets the reader thinking about whether or not Dracula is about to do what they think he is about to do. But straight after there is another quote, which describes just how unusual and powerful Dracula is: - " strangely enough I did not want to hinder him. I suppose it is a part of the horrible curse that this happens when his touch is on his victim" This quote gives an image of Dracula to be very inhuman like just like the others. It gets the reader into the story line and makes the reader believe more and more that Dracula is truly supernatural. "But it seemed that a long time had passed before he took his awful sneering mouth away. I saw it drip with the fresh blood" This can only be the action of a supernatural, as no human would even think of consuming someone else's blood. ...read more.

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but the reader will always have that suspicion which gets you thinking whether or not Dracula is always going to try and get some pleasure (the consuming/sucking of blood) out of the pain (being nice to the guest which isn't normal). So finally. The book itself. Bram Stoker has found a unique way of using the gothic conventions to excite the reader with the suspense and fear which is created within the story. The conventions that are used are put to good effect as the reader's minds are tested as images are created due to the graphic content which is written about in some areas of the story. The writer himself highlights the way Dracula is brought across to the readers which he does effectively using the conventions. The way he describes some of the parts and the buildings he makes it feel as though you are actually part of the story. Bringing everything that I have wrote about together Bram Stoker has come up with a very interesting and gripping tale of Dracula. The Gothic conventions have worked fantastically for him to create this very good book and overall it was very interesting and he certainly knew how to bring the elements of suspense and fear into the story as well as telling a fabulous story at the same time. Fraze Ali 11-5 Mr Duck ...read more.

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