Dracula audiobook was released in 1897. The plot of this epistolary novel is told through letters, journal notes, and newspaper stories. It begins with solicitor Jonathan Harker taking a business journey to remain at the estate of Count Dracula, a Transylvanian nobleman.
An epistolary novel by Bram Stoker: Dracula audiobook
Dracula audiobook‘s plot: Jonathan Harker, a recently qualified English attorney, pays a visit to Count Dracula’s stronghold in the Carpathian Mountains in order to assist the Count in purchasing a home near London. Ignoring the Count’s caution, Harker spends the night wandering the palace and meets three vampire women; a Dracula saves Harker and hands over a tiny infant bound inside a bag to the ladies. Harker awakens in his bed; shortly after, Dracula departs the house, leaving him to the women; Harker escapes and ends up in a Budapest hospital, delirious. Dracula boards a ship bound for England, carrying boxes of soil from his fortress. The captain’s journal recounts the crew’s departure until he is the only one left, chained to the rudder to keep the ship on course. When the ship goes aground, an animal approximating a big dog is seen leaping onshore.
Victorian horror fascinating as a microcosm of response to the time’s social norms, the buttoned-down and repressed social environment, the church’s “new moral standards,” and the new issues raised and concealed away by scientific thought. The higher marriage rate and concept of the home realm for women giving way to the New Woman, the upper class vs. lower class division giving way to a new middle class lie beneath the fabric of late Victorian society. With economic development came new notions of English excellence; with scientific thought came scientific racism. Especially in Dracula audiobook.
Literature, as is customary, strains to respond. As the counterculture in literature grew, so did the response to it; during the prosecution of author Oscar Wilde, excerpts from his only book were read aloud to show that he loved males. Soon after, his erstwhile acquaintance, Bram Stoker, started composing Dracula. As a consequence, Dracula audiobook is saturated in dread of the unknown: racism of the time, homophobia, and the fears that arise when the person who represents both emerges. That is what I remember most about Dracula to this day.
Dracula audiobook could also be described as a collection of diaries, correspondence, and documents. Because that is how Bram Stoker decided to write his renowned novel. While the various points of view in each diary serve to generate suspense, which fits the novel’s gothic tone flawlessly. Overall, it is a macabre book that forces the reader to consider virtue and evil. To me, the vampire is nothing more than a manifestation of man’s doomed character. Who, unless rescued, must drain the vitality from those around him. Only the virtuous can ultimately eradicate the darkness that drains life. That is the unwavering message conveyed by Bram Stoker’s ageless masterpiece.
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