Dracula (Puffin Classics Series)

Dracula (Puffin Classics Series)


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Jonathan Harker is travelling to Castle Dracula to see the Transylvanian noble, Count Dracula. He is begged by locals not to go there, because on the eve of St George's Day, when the clock strikes midnight, all the evil things in the world will come full sway. But business must be done, so Jonathan makes his way to the Castle - and then his nightmare begins. His beloved wife Meena and other lost souls have fallen under the Count's horrifying spell. Dracula must be destroyed . . . With an exciting introduction by Holly Black, bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141325668
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/11/2009
Series: Puffin Classics Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 349,472
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.02(h) x 1.92(d)
Age Range: 10 - 17 Years

About the Author

Abraham 'Bram' Stoker (1847-1912) was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and joined the Irish Civil Service before his love of theatre led him to become the unpaid drama critic for the Dublin Mail. He went on to act as as manager and secretary for the actor Sir Henry Irving, while writing his novels, the most famous of which is Dracula.

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Chapter I Jonathan Harker’s Journal

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Reading Group Guide

1. Dracula relies on journal fragments, letters, and newspaper clippings to tell its story. Why might Stoker have chosen to narrate the story in this way? Do letters and journal entries make the story seem more authentic or believable to you? Likewise, discuss the significance that many of the male protagonists are doctors (Dr. Seward) or men of science (Dr. Van Helsing). Why is this important to the story?

2. How does the novel invert Christian mythology in its description of Count Dracula's reign of terror? For instance, what specific elements of Stoker's story parallel scenes or images from the New Testament? Why might this subversion of Christian myth be significant?

3. Discuss the roles of Lucy Westenra and Mina Harker in the novel. How are the two women similar? Different? What accounts for their differences? To what extent does the novel depend on both of these women to propel the narrative forward?

4. Discuss the role of sexuality in Dracula. Would you say that Dracula attempts to reproduce himself sexually or by some other means? In what ways does the figure of Dracula subvert conventional notions of heterosexuality? Consider, for instance, his predilection for drinking blood and his habit of making his victims feed from his chest.

5. What are the elements of vampire folklore? For example, what, according to the novel, attracts or repels a vampire? How do you kill a vampire for good? Although Stoker did not invent the mythology of the vampire, his novel firmly established the conventions of vampire fiction. Choose another novel that deals with vampires and compare it with Dracula. (Consider, for example, one of Anne Rice's vampirebooks.) In what ways are the novels similar? Different?

6. Consider Freud's essay "The Uncanny" in relation to Stoker's Dracula. How would Freud describe the world that Stoker evokes in the novel? Is this a world of common reality? Or is it a world governed by supernatural belief? Or both? Discuss Freud's claim that the writer of gothic fiction is "betraying to us the superstitiousness which we have ostensibly surmounted; he deceives us by promising to give us the sober truth, and then after all overstepping it." In what ways does Stoker's narrative strategy of employing newspaper clippings and journal entries promise the "sober truth"? To what extent do you think Dracula achieves a sense of the uncanny?

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Dracula Puffin Classics Series) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
bookbug105 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good book but hard to get through. it took me about 1 1/2 months
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get out
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm supposed to review the product, not the book content? hmmm
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a very intense book, one of the greatest classics ever written, great vocabulary, and a great way of writing. i also liked the format, all journals and letters, it was kind of like poking your nose in other peoples business, but not really. it is a horrific, monstrous story, great for vampire lovers. but the reason i didn't give it 5 stars was because it was kind of boring at some parts. i didn't like the parts that didn't have all the action. (it may seem like i'm copying another review on this page, but this is honestly what i think.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book had dramatic events and for the first time it was actually realistic. It is the only good classic ever written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is intense and pretty scary good vocabulary and the way the book was written is great. I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I got bored at some points of the book do to lack of action, but other than that this boook has planty of action for vampire lovers. If you are thinking of reading book your thinking should stop now and you should buy and read this book!