Unit test Review. Be prepared to demonstrate knowledge about: -use of archetypes in novel -how Characters develop themes - how Conflict develops theme (Good VS Evil) defend your notion of the hero of the novel with evidence Victorian era values Features of a Gothic setting in the novel
Be prepared to demonstrate knowledge about:
-use of archetypes in novel
-how Characters develop themes
- how Conflict develops theme (Good VS Evil)
defend your notion of the hero of the novel with evidence
Victorian era values
Features of a Gothic setting in the novel
Character foils and purposes
Give examples of how Bram Stoker uses setting to create a specific atmosphere.
Dracula becomes a bat
A Vampire is Undead
Fear – dread - scared
Trapped - stuck – unable to move
A Vampire must be killed with a stake, or be decapitated
What do they want?
What are they afraid of?
Not finding their coffin to sleep during the day
Characters are tested
Good wins over evil...
Note that both Count Dracula and Renfield mention that drinking blood will bring eternal
life. Discuss how this could be a twisted parallel to the Christian practice of Holy
Communion. Why is it significant that Renfield does not want to be responsible for the
souls of the creatures he eats? How does that create a contrast for Count Dracula?
sending to his readers about each theme?
Good wins out over evil.
The characters of Renfield, Lucy, and Mina demonstrate how easily humans can be corrupted by the lure of power and the escape of death.
The power of good is illustrated in the band of men who work together to defeat the evil Dracula.
The power of evil is illustrated in Count Dracula who seems invincible throughout the novel. Dracula means devil.
The ending implies that good triumphs over evil in the end, with help from God.
There has been much debate about this question.
Van Helsing fits the definition of the Gothic hero in that he “combines the knowledge of the supernatural and of science as he leads the others.. to rid he world of Count Dracula.” (A Dracula Handbook) Without him, they would never have understood the nature of Lucy’s illness, and the Count would have been undefeated and unstoppable in the hunting grounds provided by London.
1. What is your opinion on the speaker's views on the popularity of the Vampire lore in this century?
2. Is he accurately informed about the Stoker's depiction of Dracula's origins? (he states that Dracula is a vampire because he cursed God)
3. What are you certain about in Dracula's origins as a vampire as depicted in the novel? (How did he become one, and for what reason(s)?4. Do you believe the speaker has confused the movie with the text?5. Research the reasons why a vampire would fear symbols of Christianity.
6. What are some reasons Bram Stoker would have included this as an object to be feared by the vampire?
What influence of gothic literature can be found in today’s movies? Video games?Could they be truly categorized as “Gothic”? Why or why not?