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by Bram Stoker

Dracula Questions

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  1. What is the effect of the structure of the novel? Why do you think Stoker chose to construct it as a series of journal entries and letters from multiple points of view? How would the story be different if there were one traditional narrator?
  2. Why does Dracula only drink the blood of English women? Why doesn't he drink, say, Jonathan Harker's blood when he has the chance?
  3. Why is Lucy Dracula's first target? What makes her vulnerable?
  4. Why does Quincey Morris have to die? If Stoker wanted a happy ending, couldn't they all have lived? Or, if one person needed to die, why Quincey?
  5. What do you think Dracula is referring to when he says, "Yes, I too can love; you yourselves can tell it from the past" (3.35)? Does he have a tragic love story in his past? Are we supposed to sympathize with Dracula?
  6. At what points in the novel does Stoker seem to elicit the reader's sympathy for Dracula? Do we ever feel sorry for him?
  7. Why do Arthur Holmwood and Quincey Morris never contribute journal entries? How would the novel be different if all the characters narrated an equal amount of the time?
  8. How do you think Renfield finds out about Dracula in the first place?

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