Dracula Background General information, do not have to memorize: -Dracula written at the end of 1800, before that there were other novels such as Jigb Polidori, the Vampyre 1818, The beautiful Dead 1836, Camillia LeFanu1872. -Attack on Mina is important. Origin of Dracula Legend —>Succubus + Incubus: Two creatures who were thought to exist who visit women and men at night. —> Incubus: Male create, visit women at night and forced on them on night. This was apparently the cause or explanation of deformed babies, down syndrome. A demon would impregnate them with a deformed baby. Male demon. —> Succubus: Female came at night visit men and takes your energy away from you. Like a parasite. Female demon. —> Beauty is dangerous —> Beautiful death: At this time called consumption ( TB) You became beautifuler, paler, cheeks flushed, etc. Become more alluring —> Eros + death —> Science: Decomposition, misunderstanding of rabies.
Plot Summary Dracula: Author: Bram Stocker 147- 1912 Irish, friend of famous author Oscar Wilde Characters: Jonathan Harker: married to Mina Mina Harker Lucy Westera: Mina’s best friend, three suitors who want to marry her (picks Arthur) Dr. John , Arthur, Morris Dracula Nemsis of draucla is Professor Van Hulson Rentfield Plot( see recording for more details) Starts off in the mountain. Jonathan Hinan visits Caste Dracula to arrange for legal purchase of Cortex Abbey —-> becomes a prisoner. —> Left not knowing what happens to Jonathan Hirvan. Dracula leaves for England on on the Dimena. —>Brings 50 coffins of soil. —> Jonathan escapes but falls ill and losses memory —> During time Jonathan is gone we meet Lucy Westra and her friend Mina Murray. Lucy has three suitors + mina engaged —> Dracula arrives in London. Captain of the Dentra found dead to the helm (chapter 7) —> Lucy starts to sleep walk + falls ill, gets pale and week and disoriented. —> Her suitor who she turned down come to help her Dr. Sewards called f professor Van Helsing who suspects the working of a vampire. —> All try to protect Lucy but she dies becomes the “bloofer lady” V.H the others have to put a state through her heart —> All come together as as a team lead by V.H , they share notes and exchange info. —> Readily counts plan he has brought 50 caskets of family, purchased estates and plus to colonize England. —> Team decides to protect Dracula.
Narrative Voice -Multiple first first person -Multiple of formats : journals, letters, diaries, phonograph records, telegrams, newspaper cuttings, captain logs, official reports, receipts, bills, etc. -Conflict b/w modernmity+ past: —> Technology used is significant: Meena is capable of typing. Short hand. Recording things scientifically. Rise of science occurring in Victorian times. —> Memory + record keeping is important e.g.. Lucy write down on a piece of paper and puts it inside her top for the last moments. Captain puts it in a glass bottle.