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Dracula Essay | Critical Essay #1

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Critical Essay #1

Poquette has a bachelor's degree in English and specializes in writing about literature. In this essay, Poquette discusses Stoker's use of time in Dracula.

Right from the start, Dracula is a novel obsessed with time. Jonathan Harker's first journal entry notes, "Left Munich at 8:35 p.m. on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late." From this rather plain beginning, the reader is drawn into a suspenseful tale in which the clock starts to tick faster and faster as the fates of the characters are determined. However, Stoker is subtle in his use of time, so that the reader does not even realize that it, while not a main theme, gives the story its structure. This structure is organized in a way that increases the suspense and disorientation of the reader as the novel progresses.

Although Jonathan's diary...

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