An Analysis of Bram Stoker's Dracula

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula is the story about how the small company of men and a woman lead by Professor Abraham Van Helsing combats against Count Dracula, who moves from Transylvania to England in order to manipulate people as “foul things of the night like him, without heart or conscience, preying on the bodies and the souls of those [they] love best” (223). Stoker employs an epistolary format in this novel and nowadays, Dracula becomes one of popular literary works representing epistolary novels written in the nineteenth century. The term “epistolary novels” refers to the novels composed of different types of documents, such as journals, letters, newspaper clippings and so forth. One of the effects created by using an epistolary format is…show more content…
As Jonathan is placed in such an isolated location without interaction with anyone except Dracula, Jonathan does not have many methods to reveal his emotions and thoughts; therefore, he keeps writing his journals in order to record the experiences he had, but also to convey his inner state while he was staying at Dracula’s castle. Also, Jonathan’s passage reveals that his habit of writing a journal functions as a temporary remedy to alleviate his uneasiness: “For now, feeling as though my own brain were unhinged or as if the shock had come which must end in its undoing, I turn to my diary for repose. The habit of entering [journals] accurately must help to soothe me” (33). The tension derived from Jonathan’s anxiety for his safety maximizes in his journal written on 29 June and 30 June. In Jonathan’s journal written on 29 June, he eavesdrops on the conversation between Dracula and three vampire women and recognizes that the following day is his last day of being as a human. He decides to crawl down the castle wall to go home and leaves farewell to Mina and others at the end of his journal. Later chapters focus on other characters in the story and Jonathan’s trace is unrevealed until the end of Chapter 8, 19 August in Mina’s journal (93) and the date of Mina’s first letter sending to Lucy Westernra is 9 May—few days after Jonathan’s arrival at Dracula’s castle. These immediate changes in the setting from Transylvania
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