Review Of ' Dracula ' By Bram Stoker

1568 WordsJan 4, 20157 Pages
History Repeats Itself Dracula is a gothic horror novel written by Bram Stoker in the year 1897. The novel is set primarily in England and Transylvania in the late 1890s. The novel follows the story of Dracula, an extremely powerful vampire, and his conflict with a small group of men and women led by Dr. Seward and Van Helsing. Dr. Seward and Van Helsing emerge as leaders of the group early on in the novel, allowing readers to observe the similarities and differences between the two doctors. In Dracula, Bram Stoker successfully uses Van Helsing and Dr. Seward as tools to contrast the effectiveness of the different approaches taken to deal with Dracula, and also to explore the consequences of modernity within Victorian society. When discussing Van Helsing and Dr. Seward as plot characters, many homogenous traits are observed. These two doctors parallel each other in many respects. One of the personality traits both these doctors exhibit is their extreme level of skill and intelligence in their practice. Van Helsing is a Dutch professor that is well versed in just about every subject. Van Helsing is a medical genius, and even holds a degree in law. His former student Dr. Seward is arguably as intelligent as Van Helsing himself. His intelligence is merely limited to things of practical, rational nature. Van Helsing describes a time where Dr. Seward saved his life with his quick thinking and decisive action. “Tell your friend that when that time you suck from my wound so

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