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Dracula

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A presentation by Silvia Sammartino and Cristina Zaccardi

A presentation by Silvia Sammartino and Cristina Zaccardi


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  • 1.
  • 2. Plot
    The tale begins with Jonathan Harker, who goes to Dracula's castle to provide legal support to Dracula for a real estate transaction overseen. During these days he discovers that he has became a prisoner in the castle. He also begins to see disquieting facts of Dracula's nocturnal life. Meanwhile in London a Russian ship runs aground on the shores of Withby, during a fierce tempest, and this was the cause of the mysteries which begin in that city. Soon Dracula takes Lucy ‘s life and she becomes a vampire. Van Helsing and Lucy’s friends plan to destroy Dracula. Dracula goes back to his castle in Transylvania, followed by Van Helsing's group, who manage to track him down just before sundown and destroy him by shearing "through the throat" with a Knife and stabbing him in the heart also with a knife. Dracula crumbles to dust, his spell is lifted and Mina is freed from the marks. Quincey Morris is killed in the final battle, stabbed by Gypsies who had been charged with returning Dracula to his castle; the survivors return to England.
  • 3. CHARACTERS
    Mina Harker
    Count Dracula -  A centuries-old vampire and Transylvanian nobleman
    Van Helsing -  A Dutch professor Called upon to cure the ailing Lucy Westenra, Van Helsing’s contributions are essential in the fight against Dracula
    Jonathan Harker -  A solicitor, or lawyer, whose firm sends him to Transylvania to conclude a real estate transaction with Dracula.
    Mina Murray -  Jonathan Harker’s fiancée. Mina is a practical young woman who works as a schoolmistress, victimized by Dracula
    John Seward -  A talented young doctor, and the administrator of an insane asylum not far from Dracula’s English home.
    Arthur Holmwood -  Lucy’s fiancé and a friend of her other suitors.
    Van Helsing
    Dracula
  • 4. Quincey Morris -  A plainspoken American from Texas, and another of Lucy’s suitors.
    Lucy Westenra -  Mina’s best friend and an attractive, vivacious young woman. The first character in the novel to fall under Dracula’s spell, Lucy becomes a vampire.
    Lucy Westenra
  • 5. Dracula’s legend
    Dracula was the prince Vlad tapes II called impaler. governed its territory with extreme cruelty and his hobby was impaled people. tortured prisoners, and even his death, freed from anxiety Romanians. in 1931 his tomb was opened and instead of his body was found the skeleton of a horse
  • 6. NARRATIVE TECNIQUE
    -The Author uses suspense as a storytelling device rather effectively throughout the story.
    -Dracula is written in first person like many other novels but then it differs slightly.  The book starts off as a first person Journal of the first character describing his experiences.
    -Bram Stoker's Dracula turned out to be a very exciting and fascinating novel.  The plot was well structured and was very suspenseful.  The author used his historical knowledge of Europe, particularly Hungary and Transylvania, very well in conveying a certain idea in the book. 
    -The book probed deeply into peoples superstitions, fears, and beliefs of the supernatural, and how others are skeptic of them are sometimes proved wrong.  In all, Dracula is a clever, exciting, and suspenseful novel that uses a ruthless villain to terrify you but forces you to read more.
  • 7. THEME MOTIFS AND SYMBOLS
    THEMES
    The Consequences of Modernity
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    The Threat of Female Sexual Expression
    The Promise of Christian Salvation
    MOTIFS
    - Blood
    Science and Superstition
    Christian Iconography
    SYMBOLS
    The Weird Sisters
    The Stake Driven Through Lucy’s Heart
    The Czarina Catherine
  • 8. VAMPIRE IN THE VICTORIAN AGE
    -Vampire is an example of the ultimate horror fixation
    • The Victorian Era was a time of intense sexual repression, so it was common for vampire stories to reflect the fear of female sexuality or, even more threatening, homosexuality that possibly could become rampant in society
    -Emerging from a strict Victorian society, she had the free will of a vampire and was the embodiment of eroticism
  • 9. sitography
    http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/dracula/characters.html
    http://www.bookrags.com/notes/dra/CHR.htm
    http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/dracula/canalysis.html
    http://www.123helpme.com/view.asp?id=5144
    http://www.ndonio.it/Dracula.htm
    http:// www.wikipedia.com