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``How does Stoker manipulate language and form to create tension in chapter 3?

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``How does Stoker manipulate language and form to create tension in chapter 3?" In chapter three, Dracula begins by describing his countries people and boasts of his family name to Harker. It then goes on to when Dracula quizzes Harker about England and forces him to write letters to his relatives informing them of his extended stay. One of the more startling events in the chapter involves Harker spotting Dracula crawling down the wall of the castle which makes him think of the predicament he finds himself in. Towards the end of the chapter, Harker goes against Dracula's advice and falls asleep in a foreign room only to find himself with three voluptuous women but just as one puts her lips on his neck, Dracula disturbs them ordering them to leave with the "smothered child" he provided them. ...read more.

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From this moment on the tension seems to grow in the oevrall plot as Harker's "wild feelings" and "helplessness" is portrayed in his actions of desperately trying to find an escape. By far and away, one of Stokers' greatest techniques in building up the tension is by hinting at the things we know will develop later. A great example of this technique is the moment when Harker himself realises that the castle has no servants and the coach driver who controlled the wolves with such fearless power was actually the Count himself, all along the reader knew this however was kept in suspense as they wanted to see how Harker would react to this, in Chapter three they finally ...read more.

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Not only does the chapter describe Dracula's strength but it also touches on his attributes and one of them being the moment in which Harker saw the Count crawl down the sheer of the castle in a "lizard-like" way. These such instances create an eery feeling and again relates back to Stokers' technique of hinting at the things we know will develop later as readers all know about dracula's special skills yet just little hints like this rather then being blunt about it makes the reader really get the feel of Harkers emotions and develops dracula more effectively as the figure of fright in the story. ...read more.

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