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Dracula is a Count from Transylvania. The Count is looking for a home in England which is where he meets Jonathan Harker. Dracula is described as a tall old man with a thick mustache and pale skin. While he might seem like a Victorian era-style man, Count Dracula is actually a vampire. He has managed to live a long time due to the fact that he sucks the blood from his victims. Dracula is also very clever and powerful. He has the ability to shape-shift and cause fear to his victims.
Dr. Van Helsing is a Dutch professor who assists Lucy when she becomes ill. Asides from being a doctor, Van Helsing is a lawyer who posses an immense amount of knowledge on medicine and folklore. Van Helsing is seen as a fatherly figure by most of the characters in the book. Dr.Van Helsing's knowledge helps him discover that Lucy's illness is actually vampirism. He also uses his knowledge to come up with a strategy that eventually leads to the defeat of Dracula.
Through out the novel, Stoker uses some form of invention or modern form of modernization to either compare the east to the west or show the advancement of the Victorian era. The character Dr.Seward, keeps his diary in the form of the photograph, which for that day in age, was advance. Towards the beginning of the first chapter, the main character talks a lot about trains as a means of transportation, which can be seen as a modern invention for transportation. Bram Stoker utilizes advancements in technology and forms of transportation to show the modern age that the Victorian era was suppose to bring to society, as well as the symbol of class from being advanced.
The main event of the ending of the novel if the dying breath of the beloved character Quincey Morris, and the death of Dracula is just shoved off to the side as if it is an after thought. This is very ironic because the name of the book is Dracula, so one could assume that mostly everything in the book would be about him in some way or another, whether personally or through another being. However, the ending begs to differ from that assumption. Stoker gives the spotlight to a side character, instead of the antagonist, even when the antagonist's death is a multiple step process. The book could have ended very differently if the attention was given to Dracula's death and let Quincey keep his life. By letting Quincey live through his stab wound, more time is allowed for the description of Dracula's death and for the book to end how it would make the most sense, focusing on the over all main character. One could argue that Dracula should keep his life as well, but the whole book leads up to his death, so it would throw the reader and story line off course.
Dracula by Bram Stoker Book Summary