Review Of ' Dracula ' By David Calcutt

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The play-script book “Dracula”, adapted by David Calcutt, is a captivating reword of the iconic epistolary horror novel of a same name which was written by Bram Stoker, The author outlines the power struggle between good and evil in the text through messages and symbols. The author focuses on Dracula and a group of friend’s actions and emotions in which he uses narrative conventions to convey key messages in the book. The messages I found that were prominent were “evilness is an infection”, “greed is consuming” and “good always prevail”.

To begin with, the message “evilness is an infection” is evident which is conveyed through the use of narrative conventions. A narrative convention used is the plot which is the events that make up the story. The convention is used as the plot of “Dracula” is summarized as a story of a group of friends attempt to destroy the evil Dracula who threatens the living and the good. In this way it is comparable to scientists striving to end a plague carrier. In this case, the vampires (Dracula and Lucy) are the plague carrier in addition to feeding upon humans and infecting his victims with “vampirism”. The group of friends are associated with scientists task with the control, prevention of the plague and the extermination of the infected which in their case, the vampires. This is proven in Act 2, Scene 7 as the group of friends track down now vampire Lucy and executed her to prevent further deaths. A plausible counterpart of “vampirism” is
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