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Transcript of Dracula
by Bram Stoker
The story of Dracula takes place during the late 1890s in Transylvania, Romania and London, England.
"Thus we are ministers of God's own wish: that the world and men for whom His Son die, will not be given over to monsters, whose very existence would defame Him. He have allowed us to redeem one soul already, and we go out as the old knights of the Cross to redeem more. Like them we shall travel towards the sunrise; and like them, if we fall, we fall in good cause."
Setting of Dracula
Bram Stoker was born on November 8, 1847. Up until the age of 7, Stoker was ailed with an unknown illness that forced him to remain bedridden. But, he eventually made a full recovery, even participating in athletics. While a student in college, Bram Stoker became interested in theater, which led to a friendship and professional relationship with the English actor Sir Henry Irving. In 1878, Stoker married Florence Balcombe (who was also courted by Oscar Wilde). Their son Irving Noel Stoker was born on December 31, 1879. Stoker became the business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London and remained in that position for 27 years. In addition, he wrote many novels and short stories as well as non-fiction.
Seward's Lunatic Asylum
Locations of Action
Good vs. Evil
"[Mina] has a man's brain - a brain that a man should have were he much gifted - and a woman's heart. The good God fashioned her for a purpose, believe me, when He made that so good combination."
Manipulated by Dracula
Bram Stoker named the main character of his novel after Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia - better known as Vlad the Impaler. He was a member of the House of Drăculești, giving him the name (Vlad) Dracula. Vlad had a taste for blood, just like Count Dracula, except his way was a little different. He enjoyed impaling his enemies (hence the nickname) in order to get rid of them. Stoker would carefully research information in order to come up with really good descriptions of his setting and characters. Vlad had actually lived in Transylvania at some point in his life, which is where the setting of Count Dracula's castle came into place.
Johnathan Harker, an English lawyer, travels to meet with Count Dracula in order to complete a real estate transaction. On the way there, strange things begin to happen. Upon his arrival, Harker realizes that he is being held captive by the unusual and possibly supernatural Count. He manages to escape. Dracula then goes to England to seek more victims. A team of aquaintences (Johnathan Harker, Mina Harker, Dr. Seward, Dr. Van Helsing, Arther Holmwood, and Quincey Morris) set out to stop Dracula on his wicked pursuit to drink the blood of his victims.
"His face was a strong- a very strong- aquiline, with high bridge of the thin nose . . . and the cheeks firm though thin." pg.15
Modern Beliefs/Science vs. Superstition/Religion
"I am Dracula; and I bid you welcome, Mr. Harker, to my house. Come in; the night air is chill, and you must need to eat and rest." pg.13
"I drew a ringo big for her comfort, round where Madam Mina sat; and over the ring I passed some wafer." pg.315
"Because if I find in myself- and I shall watch keenly for it- a sign of harm to any that I love, I shall die!" pg.249
...still cute though
"Why can't they let a girl marry three men, or as many as want her, and save all this trouble?" pg.50
Excuse me Sir, do you have a moment to talk about our Lord Dracula.
is the life."
-England (West) vs. Romania (East)
-Life & Death
-Drive to Survive