• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Prose Study of 'Dracula'by Bram Stoker.

Extracts from this document...


Year 10 Prose Study Coursework Essay 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker. The novel 'Dracula' was one of the best-known horror stories in English literature. Bram Stoker first decided to write the novel after being influenced by other horror/ghost stories written in the late C19th. He started taking notes while on a holiday in Whitby on the 8th March 1890. He finished making notes in 1896 and published the book in 1897. The title 'Dracula' came from the word devil translated from the Wallachian language. Bram Stokers 'neck biting, blood sucking, ubiquitous' Count was the most popular anti-hero in the Western Culture. The novel was made to stand out; all the other horror novels did not develop their main character in quite the same depth, were as Bram Stoker's Dracula is a character to remember. He was a fully developed character, which was why it was so popular with the people. The novel was so popular that more than 250 films, novels and comics all got their inspiration from it. Dracula became a classic due to its narrative oppositions such as Good vs Evil, Science vs Superstition and purity vs uncleansliness. ...read more.


Dracula represents a number of themes and ideas. Firstly, he represents Good vs Evil (he represents the Evil). In chapter 11, Lucy Westenra wonders why 'all the powers of the devils' were against them. Here dramatic irony is created because Lucy seems to think that they are only having bad luck while the reader knows that Dracula is behind it all. Also the battle of Good vs Evil is shown in Chapter 22 when the plan to kill Dracula becomes personal and they ask that 'God will aid us to the end.' Here the characters are showing the reader a sense of doubt seeing as they are asking God to save them as if they are about to die. It is then represented as 'death' in Life vs Death. 'The curse of immortality; they cannot die.' Here Dracula threatens that he is immortal and no living creature would be able to kill him. Here he gives the reader a sense of fear for the characters in great danger. Dracula also represents the 'superstition' in Science vs Superstition. ...read more.


It would also help the reader to get a different point of view from each character. Van Helsing plays and important role in Dracula. Throughout out the novel the reader realises that represents Good. Van Helsing was an extraordinary scientist because unlike any other he was also able to adapt into the world of superstition without getting lost, therefore this helped in the pursuit of Dracula. The 'Old, Dutch professor' was the most threatening adversary to the Count because the Count knew that Van Helsing knew a lot about his past and how to get rid of him due to that fact that it was one of the myths going around when Van Helsing was younger. This also threatened the count because Van Helsing was a modern scientist with an understanding of superstition. Stoker's 'Dracula' gains a long lasting impression to all the readers because it dealt with issues of life, e.g. love and hatred. Also all of the descriptions and atmosphere adds to this. The fact that vampires are only a myth added to the many other books and programmes created. Evelyn Joseph 10M ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Bram Stoker section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Bram Stoker essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Dracula adapted by David Calcutt from the novel by Bram Stoker.

    4 star(s)

    At the very end before Lucy dies she describes how popular she is to have "three guardians" - Morris, Holmwood and Seward. Also how she describes her death as "a knot of blackness forming, hardening, tightning." "Hardening," is used to describe the feeling she is having as her life begins to drain away.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Write about Chapter 1 of Bram Stoker's Dracula as an introduction to the rest ...

    4 star(s)

    Jonathon also describes the dishes he eats. He notes the quaint superstitions of the Eastern Europeans, and subsumes all he observes to a framework of science and reason. Although he has nightmares at the hotel, he blames them on his dinner of the evening before.

  1. How does the writer create an atmosphere of fear and horror in the opening ...

    bolting suggests that the horses were desperate to get away, and that they were terrified of what was ahead of them, just like Harker. This depicts that the surroundings they were in were terrifying. This causes the reader to become anxious themselves, as it was obvious that Harker was not

  2. Gothic Horror Stories

    The story being written in first person makes the reader feel he is part of story, thus the story being more interesting to him. In 'The Tell Tale Heart' a lot of alliteration is used one case is right at the end of the story when it says, hideous heart.

  1. Dracula: a novel of fin de siècle fear?

    Unlike Lucy, who as a more affluent and thus indolent Victorian lady has made no effort to improve her mind, Mina has a career and thus economic independence, and devotes her free time to teaching herself new skills. She also shows considerable strength of spirit and thought later in the

  2. How does Bram Stoker use Gothic conventions to create an atmosphere of suspense and ...

    long and pointed" This particular quote brings in the element of fear to the reader's mind. It seems as though Bram Stoker uses the facial expressions that Dracula creates to bring in this fear factor into the story. He describes the way that Dracula looks and this instantly brings in

  1. On the basis of a discussion of one or two passages explain why you ...

    I believe that Stoker included the slang to show how Quincy has to adapt himself to be accepted in the Crew of Light. He only resorts to phrases like "driving in double harness", when he is nervous and speaks from his heart.

  2. Study the extract from Jonathan Harker's Journal in Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'. How does the ...

    This gives an impression of great age. This lamp throws 'long quivering shadows' using personification to make the darkness seem alive. Also, the lamp is said to give out shadows, showing the ever lurking presence of darkness. Dracula welcomes Harker with a dramatic statement 'Welcome to my house!

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work