DRACULA

Rian Talbot and Jessie Tran (7th Period Dennis)

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How Dracula should have ended

The ending of Dracula was rather lackluster, besides the death of one minor character who not very little thought put into him; relative to the other characters. Dracula himself, who is supposed to be the big bad guy, barely received any recognition, even less so than Quincy. What Could have made it much better, would have been a showdown of sorts between Helsing and the Count. Helsing could deliver a final blow right at him; or even have Dracula explain himself and his view on immortality. Another way to add to the ending would be to further Mina's curse; if she were to kill Harker, or Helsing had to put her down, then some more emotion would have been applied, or more relation with Dracula and Mina, to add reason to his death.

(Rian T.)

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DRACULA

Why Dracula is the best character

At the beginning of the novel, only really two characters are given any kind of development; Dracula and Mr. Johnathan Harker. Even then, Harker is kind of a whiny one-dimensional character. Harker seems to be there only to allow the plot of carry over to England without the book seeming disjointed or awkward. This brought me to the conclusion that Dracula is the best character the novel offered when he was presented. Dracula is the namesake of the book-- and for good reason. He is not only the main antagonist, but he also links all the characters together, actually bringing clarity to an over complex story and plot that easily could have gone nowhere. His characterization is also phenomenal, from his eyes to his mood swings.

(Rian T.)

Vampire Music - Count Dracula

Invention: Phonograph

In Dracula, there is use of a phonograph. A phonograph is a device that records video audio as you speak into it, much like a recorder. Dr. Jack Seward uses this contraption to record his thoughts and ideas, almost just like the diary that Jonathan keeps (and Mina). Mina is astonished by this device and wishes to transcribe the audio for him, either for safety purposes or that it interests her to do so. For Mina, most likely, this was a sense of comfort, as seen late on when she falls ill, she is given the task to keep record of it once again. The audio is kept on phonographic cylinders. These cylinders can easily be destroyed, as shown in chapter 21 when Dracula threw them into the fire.

(Jessie T.)

Technology: Blood Transfusion

Another invention or technology found in the novel Dracula are blood transfusions. This is shown many times in the part of the story where Lucy felt extremely ill and Van Helsing believed she required a blood transfusion to save her because she was so pale. This shows about how the people of this time period dealt with illnesses, medically. Instead of vitamins or antibiotics, Lucy's only option was a blood transdusion. ”My friend John and I have consulted; and we are about to perform what we call a transfusion of blood—to transfer from full veins of one to the empty veins which pine for him.” Blood would run from Arthur’s veins through to hers. As I read this part of the book, all I could think about was how they didn't the specifics. I thought a lot about this seeing as I know how blood transfusions work and without knowing blood type of Holmwood, Seward, Van Helsing, and Morris, then Lucy had to have been a universal recipient or everyone else was a universal donor.

(Jessie T.)

The Vampire's Lament (cartoon)