Atmosphere In Bram Stoker's Dracula

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How is atmosphere created in the extract from ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker? ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker is an extremely atmospheric piece of writing. Jonathan Harker, the main protagonist and an English solicitor, travels to Dracula’s castle in Transylvania. The castle is described in multiple ways; Jonathan Harker describes it as remarkable. A concerning atmosphere is initially created when Harker’s caleche drivers hand is described as a steel vice. Harker soon states that if he had so chosen to, the driver could have mercilessly crushed Harker’s hand. This contributes to the fact that the driver briskly leaves after Harker has exited the caleche. These specific atmospheric conditions will also appear when the reader is introduced to the antagonist,…show more content…
However, the atmosphere can also be interpreted as exciting. This is created when Johnathan Harker informs us that “he must have noticed the approach of such a remarkable place.” This creates an anxious atmosphere because Harker may feel like the castle is daunting or intimidating. This also creates the impression that Johnathan is impressed or amazed by the castle, and he may feel small or frightened. The phrase “he must of noticed the approach” suggests that the castle had appeared out of nowhere. The word “remarkable” suggests that Harker is having mixed emotions about the castle. It suggests that he is partly intimidated by it, and partly excited. Next, a somewhat concerning atmosphere is created when Harker states, “Again, I could not but notice his prodigious strength.” This suggests that Harker may be worried and he might not know what to do. This also suggests that is the driver would so choose to, he could harm Harker, or possibly kill him. This creates an atmosphere of intensity by showing that the driver is immensely powerful. Harker may not understand how or why the driver is so strong and this may make him feel slightly…show more content…
It could suggest that Dracula looks cadaverous and sickly. Another interpretation could be that he is only wearing black clothing, which makes him seem more peculiar. His pale skin would stand out more against the murky black clothing, which makes him seem even more concerning. Next, an ominous atmosphere is created when Harker tells us that Dracula was holding a lantern “In which the flame burned without a chimney or globe of any kind, throwing long quivering shadows.” This kind of atmosphere is created when the lamp is burning on its own, like it’s almost magical. The writer uses personification where it says “long quivering shadows” which creates tension because it makes it sound more human. The word “quivering” suggests that something bad is going to happen or that the writer wants to show that the flames are frightened by something or

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