Here is another Classics Corner post written about two weeks ago by K from Baffled Books. I hope you all enjoy. You can still look forward to a Classics Corner post this Sunday compliments of K.
The beautiful colour became livid, the eyes seemed to throw out sparks of hell fire, the brows were wrinkled as though the folds of flesh were the coils of Medusa’s snakes, and the lovely, blood-stained mouth grew to an open square, as in the passion masks of Greeks and Japanese. If ever a face meant death, if looks could kill, we saw it at that moment.
Before there were glittery vampires whose only wish was to remain perpetual teenagers… there was Dracula!
Dracula is a 19th century epistolary novel about the age old battle between good and evil. Jonathan Harker, a Solicitor, embarks on a voyage to Castle Dracula in Transylvania to provide Count Dracula with the details of his new home in England. Little does Jonathan know, his client is something long dead and irrefutably evil. Upon his arrival he is made a prisoner and forced at times to question his own sanity, wondering if he will ever escape and see his beloved Mina again.
Later, in England, there is the eerie arrival of a ship guided by the ‘…hand of a dead man’, there are reports of dangerous animals on the loose, a young woman contracts a mysterious illness and a lunatic pledges his loyalty to whom he calls ‘…his lord and master’.
The story is brought to life though a series of journals and letters. Most of the narrative can be found in the letters and journal entries of Jonathan, Mina, and Dr. Seward. For me the letters were just representative of what the characters wanted to say to one another, but it is in the journal entries that the characters reveal what they are actually thinking and feeling. The characters whose thoughts and feelings we do not have access to are the antagonist himself, Dracula, and Quincy Morris, one of Lucy’s potential suitors at the beginning of the novel and a member of the band of heroes intent on destroying Dracula.
What I love about this novel is that Dracula is just pure evil. He has absolutely no qualms about killing anyone. In fact, none of the vampires in this story have any empathy, not the three weird sisters, certainly not Dracula or even Lucy. Lucy spends her early ‘undead’ career feeding on little children and is quite willing drain her fiancé, Arthur. When Professor Van Helsing and the rest of our heroes and heroine attempt to track down Dracula in order to put an end to his reign of terror, he responds by coming after Mina.
I guess if I had to choose a favorite character in the story, it would be Dracula because I always love a good villain. If I had to pick my least favorite it would be Dr. Seward. While Dr. Seward’s account encompassed bulk of the dramatic events within the story, I found him to be way too melodramatic, and I wasn’t convinced that his being a man in the story made him anymore capable than Mina of handling the horrors they would have face. I think that Mina was much stronger than the other characters gave her credit for being. The language is typical of 19th century novels, which admittedly I am not really a fan of, so while I was enjoying the novel there were times when it was getting a bit tedious to read.
Here ends another Classics Corner.
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