By: Nicholas Crawford Period 6
Jonathan Harker is one of the characters of the novel Dracula, by Bram Stoker, and is the person I find most intriguing in the novel. He presents himself as a simple businessman who wishes to conduct real estate with the Count. He is portrayed as a boring man who doesn't have many attributes to be considered an interesting character. However, this is only apparent in the beginning of the book. We find out that he is a curious man with a load of bravery stored deep inside of him. He would delve into the depths of Dracula's castle and was the first to take a stab at the Count himself later in the novel. He truly is a special man with a deep love and courage stored within him.
Dr. Van Helsing
Van Helsing is, in my opinion, one of the characters who made this book truly enjoyable. His eccentric personality and the way he handled situations made the novel more unique. From his tendency to laugh when things seem grim and to the fact that he made key decisions to determine the ending, Helsing was truly an important and unique character. His incredible medical knowledge and his bravery makes him very likable to the reader as well.
Horror of Dracula (1958) - Jonathan Harker Meets a Vampire Bride
This video shows a good depiction of the bottled up bravery and curious nature of Jonathan Harker
Why That Ending??
The ending of Dracula, by Bram Stoker, is infamous for being one that left many readers bored and confused. First off, why is everything before the final fight simply just everyone sitting around waiting for the Count to arrive? It seems a bit out of place considering the mood of what is about to happen and there is no action or interesting things going on. Finally, it seems strange that the death of Dracula is so brushed aside after the last fight. Quincy Morris is stabbed but kills Dracula in the process, however the death and last words of Morris are payed much more attention to by Stoker than the actual death of the Count. One would think that the climax of the novel would be more talked about.
Renfield was a character that I feel really revealed things that were not known in the novel prior to his character development. The gruesome things that he did and the creatures that he continuously ate revealed the extent of Dracula's power and his ability to influence others. He licked Seward's blood off the floor and was even thought to be granted immortality by eating the creatures that came to him. His madness proved to be terrifying and foreshadowed a tough battle to defeat the powers of Dracula later in the novel.