Dracula

Dracula: Essay Q&A

1. Authors will often use the physical settings of their stories to hint at those stories’ themes. How does Stoker, through Harker’s journal entries at the novel’s beginning, alert readers to themes of importance in Dracula? Harker’s descriptions of Translyvania paint the region as one of chaos and disorder, “one of the wildest and least …

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Dracula: Biography: Bram Stoker

A civil servant and amateur drama critic and theater manager whose first published book bore the admittedly uninspiring title The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland (1879), Abraham (Bram) Stoker (born November 8, 1847) did not begin writing fiction until late in his life. His first novel, The Snake’s Pass, saw print in …

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Dracula: Top Ten Quotes

“Listen to them—the children of the night. What music they make!” (Ch. 2; p. 26) Count Dracula says these words to Harker shortly after he arrives at the castle, as Harker is hearing the wolves baying outside the keep’s walls. Because of Bela Lugosi’s recitation of them in the famous 1931 Universal horror film, the …

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Dracula: Metaphor Analysis

Not surprisingly, the major metaphor in Bram Stoker’s Dracula is the title character himself.  Yes, he is, on the surface level, the antagonist (at least from the point of view of Harker, Van Helsing, Mina and their companions—in his own mind, as are all “villains,” he is no doubt the protagonist, striving, as he did …

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Dracula: Character Profiles

Jonathan Harker: the young English solicitor who is sent to Transylvania to negotiate a land transaction for Count Dracula. Harker begins the novel as a member of the professional class but, due to the sudden death of his benefactor, ends it as a member of the nobility. He is devoted to his fiancée Mina, and …

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Dracula: Chapter 27

  Chapter 27 Summary: Van Helsing and Mina approach Castle Dracula, meeting with many superstitious members of the local populace along the way. As they draw ever closer to the vampire’s home, Van Helsing discovers that he is unable to hypnotize Mina any longer. Disturbingly, she knows the way through the Borgo Pass to the …

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Dracula: Chapter 26

  Chapter 26 Summary: Van Helsing experiences greater difficulty hypnotizing Mina, because the group, making its way toward Galatz, is drawing nearer to Count Dracula all the time. They do, however, ascertain that “He is close to land: he has left his [final] earth-chest. But he has yet to get on shore.” Time is still, …

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Dracula: Chapter 25

  Chapter 25 Summary: Van Helsing continues his “interviews” with Mina at sunrise and sunset, “to her times of peculiar freedom; when her old self can be manifest without any controlling force subduing or restraining her, or inciting her to action.” During one such interview, after signs of a violent internal struggle, Mina implores the …

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Dracula: Chapter 24

  Chapter 24 Summary: Van Helsing reports that he investigated what ships were scheduled to be sailing to Transylvania. He found only one, the Czarina Catherine. Van Helsing and Arthur spoke with the dockmaster, who told them that a “tall man, thin and pale,” garbed all in black except for a straw hat, hurriedly booked …

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Dracula: Chapter 23

  Chapter 23   Summary: Van Helsing, Seward and Jonathan, still waiting at Dracula’s house in Piccadilly, receive a telegram from Mina, informing them that she has sighted the vampire and he is headed in their direction. The next persons to arrive, however, are Arthur and Quincey, who report having found and destroyed six more …

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