Dracula: Chapter 2 Here, Harker is in the Count?s castle and this is when he finds the library full of all the English books of various sorts and Encyclopedias that the Count reveals he has studied very well. This is a hint as to how Dracula gets information about the places in England he can make his next strike? Harker also begins to notice odd things about Dracula that accurately fit the vampire stereotypes (doesn?t eat, sleeps during the day, no reflection, crazed reaction to blood) and Harker begins to realize he is trapped, prisoner. The Author?s Note with which Dracula begins reflects a popular conceit in eighteenth-century fiction. Rather than constructing a narrative from the perspective of an omniscient third-person narrator, Stoker presents the story through journals. In effect, the novel presents itself as a real diary. Were the story told as a first-person reflection, we would be sure of the fate of the protagonist: because he is telling his tale, he must have lived through it. However, because the author of the diary writes directly as events happen, he may be tragically unaware of the danger of his surroundings. Harker has no time to reflect on his experiences and no way of knowing if he is placing himself in danger. This real-time technique is popular within the horror genre: since the narrator has no way of knowing how the story will end, neither does the audience. Because contemporary readers are so familiar with the vampire legend?whether in the form of The Lost Boys, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Salem?s Lot, or countless other incarnations?it is difficult to appreciate the magnitude of shock and dread that Stoker?s contemporaries felt upon reading his novel. For us, the suspense more likely comes from watching the characters piece together the count?s puzzle.
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