By Bram Stoker
Count Dracula has encouraged numerous video clips, books, and performs. yet few, if any, were absolutely devoted to Bram Stoker's unique, best-selling novel of puzzle and horror, love and dying, sin and redemption. Dracula chronicles the vampire's trip from Transylvania to the evening streets of London. There, he searches for the blood of robust males and lovely girls whereas his enemies plot to rid the area of his frightful power.
Today's critics see Dracula as a digital textbook on Victorian repression of the erotic and worry of woman sexuality. In it, Stoker created a brand new note for terror, a brand new delusion to feed our nightmares, and a personality who will outlive us all.
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43). This is definitely not the Jonathan Harker we see throughout the rest of the book, and while he is certainly an admirable husband to Mina one doubts whether the passion he achieves with her ever reaches the level it might have done with this vampire girl; once he returns to England he seems somehow diminished, and certainly older. The playful, curious boy of the early journal entries is gone. One might, of course, count the male characters舗 gift of blood to the ailing Lucy as a sexual act, although more a conjugal than a passionate one.
Soon, however, Mina herself falls prey to Dracula. In a combined effort that involves ancient wisdom, modern science, good brains, and stout hearts, the group of friends finally succeeds in chasing Dracula back to his native land, killing him and hence freeing his soul from eternal torment as they have freed their friend Lucy舗s. This, very briefly summarized, is the plot. Admittedly the characters are not highly developed, but their web of mutual interactions allows Stoker to explore many sorts of relationships, sexual and otherwise, that troubled his society and himself.
Page 6) Š When the Count saw my face, his eyes blazed with a sort of demoniac fury, and he suddenly made a grab at my throat. I drew away, and his hand touched the string of beads which held the crucifix. It made an instant change in him, for the fury passed so quickly that I could hardly believe that it was ever there. (page 31 ) Š But my very feelings changed to repulsion and terror when I saw the whole man slowly emerge from the window and begin to crawl down the castle wall over that dreadful abyss, face down, with his cloak spreading out around him like great wings.