Dracula by Bram Stoker book review

THE VAMPIRE IN HISTORY, FICTION AND FILMUse this format for your review of Dracula by Bram Stoker. You have several examples of reviews in the Norton Critical Edition beginning on page 363. Do not, of course, simply copy one or even parts of those, but write your own review based upon your reading.Book reviews must be typed, single spaced, on one page of standard typing or computer paper. Please note that book reviews are not lengthy, but they are challenging to write, in part because you have to choose your words carefully. Aim for approximately one page (typed, singled spaced), but if you go over a little bit, that\’s OK. Before you attempt to review a book, you must have read it completely, closely, and critically. At the top of the page, put a bibliographical entry: For example – Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire. New York: Ballantine Books, 1976.Begin your review with a brief synopsis of the plot. Then, discuss the theme, or main point made by the author or the story. For this review you might want to compare the book to other books in the same genre, if possible.In writing your review consider the following questions taken from “How to Write a Book Review,” Los Angeles Valley College.:Character:•From what sources are the characters drawn?•What is the author’s attitude toward the characters?•Are the characters flat or three dimensional?•Does character development occur? Do they change in the story?Theme:•What is/are the major themes?•How are they revealed or developed?•Is the theme traditional and familiar, or new and original?•Is the theme didactic (teaching), psychological, social, entertaining, or escapist, etc., in intent?Plot:•How are the various elements of plot (introduction, suspense, climax, conclusion) handled?•What is the relationship of plot to character delineation?•To what extent, and how, is accident used as a complicating and /or resolving force?•What are the elements of mystery and suspense?•What other devices of plot complication and resolution are used?•Is there a subplot? How is it related to the main plot?•Is the plot primary or secondary to some of the other elements of the story (character, setting, style, etc.)?Style:•What are the intellectual qualities of the writing? (simplicity, clarity)•What are the emotional qualities of the writing (humor, wit, satire)•What are the aesthetic qualities of the writing (harmony, rhythm)?•What stylistic devices are used (symbolism, motifs, parody, allegory)?•How effective is dialogue?Setting:•What is the setting and does it play a significant role in the book?•Is a sense of atmosphere evoked? How?•What scenic effects are used and how important and effective are they?•Does the setting influence or impinge on the characters and/or plot?More Points to Ponder:•What was the story about?•who were the main characters?•Were the characters credible?•What did the main characters do in the story?•Did the main characters run into any problems?•Who was your favorite character? Why?•Could you relate to any of the characters in the story?•Did you like the book?•What was your favorite part of the book?•What was your least favorite part of the book?•If you could change something, what would it be?•Would you recommend this book to someone else?•What type of person would like this book?And most importantly – what does this book add to the legend of the vampire. How is the vampire portrayed? Is she/he portrayed sympathetically, as tragic hero, or as simply evil? How is the slayer portrayed? How does the vampire relate to those around her/him, and vice versa? What does the story say about humans, human society, and other issues?

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