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Dracula Notes Chapter 4 On June 29th Harker reveals the true extent of his terror.

. He is afraid that if he had a gun, hed try to kill the Count, but at this point he believes that the Count is supernatural and bullets wouldnt harm him. When he challenges Dracula over leaving a day earlier than the Count has arranged, Harker is surprised to see Dracula agree. Effectively Dracula is asking him to choose between being devoured by wolves now or by the women later on. Draculas ghoulish delight in his power shows in his red light of triumph in his eyes and his smile that Judas in hell might be proud of. P43 The Counts supernatural control of the wolves is confirmed emphatically through the obscene slaughter of the mother of the abducted child. This tells us that vampires are evil beyond redemption. They are monsters that prey on children without remorse. The destruction of the mother and child here is a symbol of the terror that Dracula represents to Stokers society. P 40 The last word in the chapter is the despairing call of his fiances name Mina! Although it is not the first time that Harker has ended a journal entry as such, it is now our cue that Mina Murray to take over the narration. This theatrical link is an obvious device to herald the introduction of a new voice. Chapter 5 The shortest chapter in the book establishes 5 new characters all in contrast to one another. We move without warningfrom the one narrative voice that has held our attention over the previous four chapters, to the interplay of fragmented,

multiple narrative perspectives given in swift succession over six pages or so. A Note on Narrative Style: this novel is not told in a straightforward, chronological, omniscient manner, like many nineteenth century novels. It is instead a collage of letter, journal entries and diary jottings, in addition to a portion of a ships log, various newspaper clippings and even a phonograph diary. Since the story is basically a mystery, this technique is highly effective in maintaining suspense for there are literally dozens of narrative pieces for readers to fit together before they can see the complexity of the novel resolved and the entirety of Stokers pattern. The journal entries and letters arent intended for anyone elses eyes as they were writing them this gives a personal tone throughout however, which adds to the illusion of realism in the novel: he documents seem more legitimate because we can imagine real people (as opposed to fictional characters) writing them. The idea Stoker has(and Mina as it is her that collates the information together we are told later in the book) is to present the events of the story as simple fact even though some of the events are pretty hard to believe. Remember the epigraph at the start of the novel? It is there to give us the sense that were reading non-fiction that these are legitimate manuscripts. It explains the series of narrators, letters, journals etc, but also insists the only editing that has been done is to cross out anything not strictly relevant to the story. All the journals and letters otherwise are exactly as they were originally written.