Dracula
Dracula
by Bram Stoker

Dracula Analysis

Literary Devices in Dracula

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

This one is practically a no-brainer – of course blood is important in a vampire book. But what, exactly, do all the references to blood mean? Renfield is the only character to really explain...

Setting

Time and place are very important in Dracula. The first line of the novel is a complaint about late trains, so you know from page one that geography is going to be important. The characters move ar...

Narrator Point of View

The novel is composed of a series of journal entries, letters, newspaper articles, and memos. Bram Stoker explains the rationale for this structure in a brief note before Chapter 1 (See "What's Up...

Genre

Dracula is a novel. But what, exactly, is a novel? "Novel" is one of the loosest categories to describe literary genre out there. A novel is a work of fiction, usually written in prose (not poetry)...

Tone

This is hardly surprising, since the novel is composed of a series of personal letters and journal entries. Supposedly, the writers of the letters and journals didn't intend them for anyone else's...

Writing Style

Dracula is composed as a collection of journal entries, letters, telegrams, and memos. The idea, Stoker tells us in the note at the beginning of the novel, is to present the events of the story "as...

What's Up With the Title?

The name "Dracula" is synonymous with vampires for most people. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone, anywhere, who didn't immediately know who "Count Dracula" is. So it's hard to believe that when...

What's Up With the Epigraph?

"How these papers have been placed in sequence will be made manifest in the reading of them. All needless matters have been eliminated, so that a history almost at variance with the possibilities o...

What's Up With the Ending?

Some folks complain that the final chapters of Dracula are dull – after all, the "chase" really just involves Van Helsing, Jonathan, Mina, Arthur, Dr. Seward, and Quincey Morris twiddling the...

Tough-o-Meter

Dracula is an action-packed story about vampires and how to kill them without being bitten. Because it's told from multiple points of view through a collection of diary entries, letters, and notes,...

Plot Analysis

Count Dracula, a vampire, is planning to come to England from Transylvania.Jonathan Harker, an English lawyer, travels to Transylvania to help hammer out the logistical details for a wealthy noblem...

Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis: Overcoming the Monster

Dracula moves to England from TransylvaniaJonathan Harker gradually realizes that the Transylvanian count whom he's helping to purchase a house in England is actually a vampire, and is intending to...

Three Act Plot Analysis

Dracula arrives in England and starts feeding on Lucy WestenraDr. Seward and Van Helsing give her blood transfusions, but she turns into a vampire anyway. They kill her and start laying plans to ki...

Trivia

Bram Stoker was educated to be a clerk, but his love of the arts (and his intense admiration of Henry Irving, the actor) led him to become the business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London. (Sou...

Steaminess Rating

Just about every story featuring vampires is at least a little steamy, and Dracula is no exception. A lot of the blood-sucking and vampire-killing in Dracula is described in obviously sexual terms....

Allusions

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (7.1) Deuteronomy 12:23: "The blood is the life" (11.54)Lord Byron, Don Juan (15.1)William Shakespeare, King Lear : "That way madness lies...

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