Sunday, September 15, 2013

Dracula summary; Why We Crave Horror Movies

The novel “Dracula” by Bram Stoker is a classic horror fiction novel. In the novel “Dracula” by Bram Stoker, the story starts off with  a young man by the name of Jonathan Harker who is a new solicitor, and is traveling far to meet with Count Dracula. Thinking he is going to sell Count Dracula property in London, his curiosity drifts him off into another direction, which he has no idea what he is getting himself into. The perspective in Stephen King’s “Why We Crave Horror Movies” does apply to “Dracula” by Bram Stoker, his perspective also applies to another reading I did for another class called “On the Pleasure Derived from Objects of Terror, with Sir Bertrand, a Fragment”. In the short story “On the Pleasure Derived from Objects of Terror, with Sir Bertrand, a Fragment”, is a story of a knight named Sir Bertrand whose curiosity also takes hold of him, which leads him into a castle coming across a supernatural experience.
First, what is Stephen King’s perspective which applies to both “Dracula” by Bram Stoker, and “On the Pleasure Derived from Objects of Terror, with Sir Bertrand, a Fragment”? In the text titled “Why We Crave Horror Movies” by Stephen King, he states, “I think that we’re all mentally ill; those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better---and maybe not all that much better, after all.” “ When we pay our four or five bucks and seat ourselves at the tenth-row center in a theater showing a horror movie, we are daring the nightmare.”(Cultural Studies, Chapter 5 pg 150) “It may be that horror movies provide psychic relief on this level because this invitation to lapse into simplicity, irrationality and even outright madness is extended so rarely. We are told we may allow our emotions a free reign… or no reign at all.”(Cultural Studies, Chapter 5 pg 151) Stephen King also states that one goes on roller coasters to re-establish our feelings of essential normality. Basically saying we are thrill seekers and enjoy every horror that comes our way.  

Due to this perspective, in the novel “Dracula” by Bram Stoker, the following characters are examples, Jonathan Harker, because of his curiosity he believes he is a prisoner because of the following events that happened. Upon Mr. Harker’s arrival to castle Dracula, he was second guessing about being there. Throughout his time of staying in the castle, Mr. Harker notices odd things about Count Dracula.  

1 comment:

  1. I'm really glad you're tying in so many strands here, Ivonne! In what class did you read Aikin?

    But where's your summary of the novel? You're really only pulling details from the first chapter :-/