Dracula and Mina Essay example

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Various Letters from/to Mina, Lucy, Quincy and Arthur. Includes Dr ! seewards diary.!

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The chapter jumps back to England and introduces the rest of the main characters through various letters. All letters talk about everyday life, Minas letter speaks about the minor news she has heard from Jonathon in Transylvania and how she wishes to start a journal like diary to share with Lucy.

Lucy’s letter addresses the tale of the curly haired man she has been seen with, she suggests a man suitable for Mina outlining all his qualities, shortly after stating if only she wasn't engaged to
Jonathon. She expresses her love for a certain person and explains how she wishes they still shared secrets like they did in the past. Letter number two outlines the conversations she had with all three men which proposed to her.!
Dr seewards dairy shares his emotion of feeling low since his rejection by Lucy although his work is interesting.!
Quincy's letter to Arthur is a brief invitation to dinner party, Arthurs reply through telegram being ‘’Count me in every time’’.!

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Gothic conventions:!
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1. Sense of mystery/dislocation - Use of letters: ‘’He and i sometimes write letters in shorthand’’

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2. Good vs Evil - Lucy and Mina represent purity, goodness and harmless as they write to each other of their everyday life: ‘’town is very pleasant just now, and we go a good deal to picturegalleries and for walks and rides in the park’’ while the predatory sisters in Dracula’s castle represent corruption and evil: ‘’Go on! you go first, and we shall follow, yours is the right to begin’’ !

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Context and Values:!
Stoker embodies few values of the Victorian historical time period in relation to communication including Arthurs response to a invitation through telegram - a message sent by morse code before long distance phone service was invented. Another communication method of the past involved in the chapter is the numerous writing of letters between both Mina & Lucy rather than the typical email or phone call that would occur in this day and age. 

Journal entries being the key format of the way the story is set out also relates to the historical

context as many people recorded everyday event


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Dramatic Irony: Minas stating in her letter to Lucy of
Jonathan's return home soon, according to a letter she just received creates dramatic irony as the reader knows, although Lucy…