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Dracula Book Cover

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Dracula
Light

vs.
Dark
What is it that happens behind those walls that could be so pervasive? The locals beg with every ounce of their being for me to stay away from the place. I am showered with prayers and rosaries as I board my carriage. A businessman, as I am, shall carry out his business through hell or high water. As we approach the home in the torrential downpour of the night, I hear the howls, as if nature herself is telling me to turn back. I see it now;the castle. It is not much later that I see him for the first time is all his foreboding glory. What have I come to? And what will I make of my time with Dracula?
Jonathan Harker travels to an ominous town in Transylvania and meets the infamous Count Dracula. Upon Harker introducing the Count to the ways of the big city, the story reveals conflicts between the livelihood of London and the emptiness of Transylvania.


Works Cited
Stoker, Bram. Dracula. Norton Critical ed. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1997. Print.
[1] www.tumblr.com/tagged/dracula’s%20castle
[2]http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:English_School,_19th_Century,_Snow_Hill,_Holburn,_London.jpg
[3] http://www.planet-wissen.de/laender_leute/grossbritannien/britische_schauergeschichten/img/tempx2_film_g.jpg

Good vs. Evil
Light vs. Dark [setting]
Purity vs. Corruption
Bram Stoker's Dracula is not an unfamiliar story; everyone knows about the scary vampire in the spooky castle. What people do not know is in Stoker's terrifying novel there is a constant battle between
light
and
dark
and the
grey
areas that fall in between, not only in Count Dracula, but in all of the characters. The contrasting elements of light and dark are seen through the variance of the settings, the struggle between good and evil, the fight for power amongst weakness, and the coexistence of purity and corruption.
Project by Joris, Jamie, Beth, and Jennifer
“The castle is a veritable prison, and I am a prisoner!”(Stoker 32).
[1]
"I long to go through the crowded streets of your mighty London, to be in the midst of the whirl and rush of humanity, to share its life, its change, its death, and all that makes it what it is. But alas! As yet I only know your tongue through books. To you, my friend, I look that I know it to speak" (Stoker 26). [2]
External Conflicts:
Dracula vs. The Crew of Light
Internal Conflicts:
In Lucy, Renfield, and Mina
“Friend Jonathan, this is to you for twice reasons. First, because you are young and brave and can fight, and all energies may be needed at the last; and again that it is your right to destroy him-that-which has wrought such woe to you and yours" (Stoker 307).
“This criminal has not full man-brain. He is clever and cunning and resourceful; but he be not of man-stature as to brain. He be of child-brain in much” (Stoker 296).

“You men are brave and strong. You are strong in your numbers, for you can defy that which would break down the human endurance of one who had to guard alone" (Stoker 284).

Conventional symbol of innocence: flowers
• “The tomb in the day-time, and when wreathed with fresh flowers, had looked grim and gruesome enough; but now, some days after-wards, when the flowers hung lank and dead, their whites turning to rust and their greens to browns” (Stoker175).
Mina
Lucy
Weakness vs. Strength
“Promise me that you will not tell me anything of the plans formed for the campaign against the Count. Not by word, or inference, or implication; not at any time whilst this remains to me!" (Stoker 283).
“Notwithstanding his brave words, he fears us; he fears time, he fears want!” (Stoker 267).

“At least
God's mercy
is better than that of these
monsters
, and the precipice is steep and high. At its foot a man may sleep – as a man" (Stoker 55).
“Thus are we 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" (Stoker 278).
"Well, the
devil
may work against us for all he’s worth, but
God
sends us men when we want them" (Stoker 136).
“Lucy's eyes in form and color; but Lucy's eyes unclean and full of hell-fire, instead of the pure, gentle orbs we knew" (Stoker 188).
"I'm no lunatic man in a mad fit, but a sane man fighting for his soul" (Stoker 273).
“Unclean! Unclean! Even the Almighty shuns my polluted flesh! I must beat this mark of shame upon my forehead until the Judgment Day" (Stoker 259).
“Unclean! Unclean! Even the almighty shuns my polluted flesh! I must bear this mark of shame upon my forehead until the Judgment Day” (Stoker 259).
• “She is one of God’s women, fashioned by His own hand to show us men and other women that there is a heaven where we can enter, and that its light can be here on earth” (Stoker 169).
“Lucy’s eyes in form and colour; but Lucy’s eyes unclean and full of hell-fire, instead of the pure, gentle orbs we knew” (Stoker 188).
[Lucy's Prey]
“The figure stopped, and at the moment a ray of moonlight fell between the masses of driving clouds and showed in startling prominence a
dark-haired woman
, dressed in the cerements of the grave. We could not see the face, for it was bent down over what we saw to be a
fair-haired child
” (Stoker 187).
“He had even brushed Lucy’s hair, so that it lay on the pillow in its usual sunny ripples” (Stoker 145).
“Lucy was looking sweetly petty in her white lawn frock” (Stoker 65).
“What manner of man is this, or what manner of creature is it in the semblance of a man?” (Stoker 39).
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