Inthe book, Dracula, Stoker (1997) aims to mix horror with thrill, anaspect that leaves the reader holding his breath due to the fear ofwhat might happen next. It brings out the myth of vampires to realityto the point that an individual can identify the creature and all thefeatures that it has. The one issue that the author brings outclearly is the ability to taint a villain with some shades of virtuesthat make him likable to the reader (Stoker, 1997). In essence,despite the fact that Dracula is a vampire the challenges that hefaces along the way and the steps that he takes to get over them go along way to making him a darling to all those who may read the book.
Oneof the issues that are quite evident in the book is the determinationto survival. Being a vampire, it was so essential for Dracula to getblood, or else he would not live long. Life in Transylvania haddeemed to be quite unbearable, and he made a drastic action thatwould help ensure that he would be able to safeguard his future(Stoker, 1997).
Theattitude of the author towards the characters displayed in the bookis that of praise. He seems to paint Dracula in good light, in spiteof the fact that the vampire is engaged in activities that are ofharm such as taking away the lives of other people through suckingtheir blood. He happens to show that there may be some virtues thatcould be learned even from those people who engage in harmfulactivities (Holte, 2010). Most of the characters in the book arethree-dimensional in that they have more than one identity, forinstance, while Dracula was a vampire, he portrayed himself as anormal businessman in England. Dr. Seward also seems quite pleasantto attend to Lucy although he is angered by her decision not toaccept his proposal for marriage (Stoker, 1997). The story is alsohighlighted with character development in that most of the charactersgraduate slowly to form the plot of the story. For instance, Draculadevelops from a low-life vampire in Transylvania to as a viciouskiller in England. As such, he manages to change considerably in thestory.
Themajor theme that is quite evident in the story is that of horror. Thefact that there is a mysterious disappearance of people on a shipthat is bound for England also helps to send this message home. Theone area where the theme is clearer is whereby Lucy was attacked by awolf in a hospital. Such a situation could send jitters down anyperson who could read the story. The theme is not familiar and mostoften exists in fictional books and movies. The theme is highlypsychological in intent given the fact that it makes a person developa high level of fear.
Theone style that is used in the book is that of wit in that the writerbrings in humor in a cold way. It is, however very clear and easy tounderstand. The author also applies dialogue quite artistically inthe book to make the book more interesting (Stoker, 1997). Theunpredictability nature of the character builds to the rhythm of thebook making it interesting to read. The story is set in England andTransylvania where people are highly traditional and cultured. Theyare less involved with other people’s lives, and this builds on theatmosphere of the story making it highly horrendous
Thevarious elements of the story are well explained in the book. Forinstance, the introduction does not portray Dracula as a bad personwhile suspense is created where it is not clear how Dracula will beable to obtain blood once in England. The plot developssystematically with the input of various characters such as the threevampire sisters who also had vicious capabilities. The accident isalso used as a complicating force in that Lucy accidentally fallsvictim to the onslaught of Dracula (Stoker, 1997). Other elements ofmystery that are necessary also involve the case where one is notclear why there is a severe blood loss for Lucy to the point that shehad to receive a transfusion. Another device of plot complicationthat is also used in the story is that of
Iliked the book as it was quite informative in that it shows howhorror and fiction may be joined to tell a thrilling story. I wouldcertainly recommend the book to other people. Dracula was my favoritecharacter given the kind of prowess that he put in his activities.The most favorite part of the book is where peace was retained inEngland showing a happy ending. I would, however, change the personaof Dracula such that he would not need to be a vampire if I had achance. A person who likes thriller movies and books would certainlylove this one.
Holte,J.C (2010). Dracula Film Adaptations. p. 27. Retrieved 9October 2016.
Stoker,B. (1997). Dracula: The Norton Critical Edition edited byNinaAuerbach and David J. Skal. New York: W.W. Norton &Company, 1997.