Literary Review of Bram Stoker's Dracula

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Review of Bram Stoker’s Dracula Prior to the creation of the literary classic “Dracula”, Bram Stoker spent his time managing the Lyceum Theatre and legendary actor Henry Irving. According to Jennifer Dorn, when the novel was first published in 1897, critics regarded it as a “pulp fiction potboiler” (Dorn). The novels declaration as a literary masterpiece came many years later. A graduate of Trinity college, Stoker came from a middle class Irish family, the son of a civil servant. The publication “The Literary World of Bram Stoker,” by Jennifer Dorn, declares that Stokers vision of the setting of London’s Victorian upper-class society, derived from his station in the acclaimed Lyceum Theatre and from his memories of summer travels to the …show more content…

Vlad’s Romanian surname is “Draculea,” which means “Son of the Dragon,” or in short verse Dracul stands for “Devil.” According to the online Wikipedia dictation of “Vlad III the Impaler, ” The cruel nature of the dark prince is believed to have inspired Stoker to create a creature so dark and evil, of a torturous vampire nature in his Dracula character. (Wikipedia, Vlad). The most commonly know villain of the literary Gothic era, Count Dracula established dark ritualistic villainess as a fear in proper English Society, according to a search for “Gothic Fiction” on Wikipedia. “The Victorian Gothic fictionalized contemporary fears and challenged the social structure of the times.” (Wikipedia, Gothic Fiction). The effect of this type of writing depends on inducing ones repressed dark pleasure for horror and romance. It is stated in the Internet source that, the origination of Gothic writing came from author Horace Walpole, in his novel The Castle of Otranto.(Wikipedia, Gothic Fiction). According to the online source Wikipedia, this type of literature “embodies an appreciation of the joys of extreme emotion, the thrills of fearfulness and awe inherent in the sublime.” (Wikipedia, Gothic Fiction). Stokers novel brought the Gothic literary age to a higher level with his tale of a seductive,