Category Bram Stoker

Dracula: Scientific Method (?)

Expanding on my first Dracula blog post; I want to return to Stoker’s exposure to new science and its influence upon his writing. As I mentioned before, Stoker was well-aware of germ theory and other such budding scientific explorations as well as had family members involved in medical science; which, I believe, he may very […]

Ermahgerd, Vermpeyers

When trying to destroy Dracula, the means in which to do so are different than with the female vampires. Van Helsing says that there is a thorough process in which to destroy Lucy, but for Dracula it is just driving a stake through his heart. While Lucy is destroyed with just a stake in the […]

Dracula: Chapters 21-End

After our class discussion, I began thinking more about the format of the narrative and how it relates to genre. We’ve talked about realism before, and in this case, the novel as a whole isn’t exactly “realistic,” yet the narrative format seems to suggest a sort of realism of its own. After all, the novel […]

Dracula Pt. 3

After our discussion on “Orientalism” in class today, I saw a lot more about what Said was discussing in the clips we watched today. Especially in Ch. 27 when the gypsies are mentioned, the descriptions make you- as the reader- other them right off the bat. “The gypsies may not have known the language, but […]

Dracula, Chapters 20 – End

The genre of the invasion novel is fairly straightforward, in that some kind of invasion from an Other functions as the main component of the work. The genre usually focuses on novels concerned with military or extraterrestrial invasions, and Dracula is no exception. As we discussed in class today, Dracula is the “invader” of England, […]

Dracula: Mina and Lucy

While we were deliberating about Dracula in class today, Dr. McLeod made an emphasis on Mina and Lucy. Deciding to look further into the concept within the two characters, I have noticed a dynamic connection between the women’s encounter with Dracula. When Lucy was bitten by Dracula, she eventually fell under his mischievous intentions due […]

Dracula: Good & Evil

A prevalent symbolic aspect in Dracula is to be found in the Good and Evil spectrum of the novel. There is an eternal struggle between the virtuous and the dark, wicked worlds. Van Helsing has a rather profound quote which lends into this nicely: “-they cannot die, but must go on age after age adding new […]