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In English class, my English teacher graciously awarded us with a movie!

However, the movie wasn’t just about watching movie and having fun; instead, it was about learning Dracula,  a novel that our class has been reading through for several weeks.

Anyways, the movie was entertaining. It was entertaining despite its outlandish manner of effects, actors, etc. Nevertheless, the director of the movie, either intentionally or coincidentally – I guess the former- distorted the contents of the novel.

For example, Renfield didn’t come out on the Count Dracula’s castle scene. However, in the movie, he does. I think the director has put him in the earlier scenes for greater entertainment.

Personally, I think it was a bad idea. A movie that is based off a novel truly shines only when the movie contents has efficiently reflected the contents of the novel it is following.

Anyways, it was fun to watch the movie. And watching movie, though distorted, was fun to watch. The director hasn’t completely ignored the literature. He had at least considered some literary terms such as metaphor, juxtaposition, personification, simile, etc by reflecting certain characteristics in the movie (like using different color).

To finish with, the movie was fun to watch, be I’d like to warn those Dracula-movie-watchers that the movie’s content is not precisely what is in the novel. So if you want to know the story of Dracula, you’d better read novel, not movie!

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Sujin Lee
English Block B
Due: Feb 23, 2010

Dracula One Paragraph Essay

In Dracula, Bram Stoker uses gothic elements to effectively capture the reader’s attention. Death,  blood, graveyard are some elements of gothic. These were all new for the readers during the Victorian Era. “There, in one of the great boxes, of which there were fifty in all, on a pile of newly dug earth, lay the Count (Chapter 4).” Who would’ve imagined a normal, nice man being a vampire? One of the elements used throughout the book is the horror in calm atmosphere. That makes the readers feel anxious. “I started, for it amazed me that I had not seen him, since the reflection of the glass covered the whole room behind me (Chapter 2).” Dracula not appearing in the mirror creates a weird feeling. Jonathan can see him but the mirror does not reflect him grabs the readers’ attention. What makes this more interesting is that Dracula is such a gentleman so Jonathan does not doubt him. Powerful themes such as vampires and death helps catching the readers’ attention. And Bram Stoker’s use of gothic elements are definitely new and catchy because of his unique style of writing.

—————————————————————Correction————————————————————————–

  • second sentence, where the sentence start with ‘death’, the sentence should be “Death, blood, and graveyard are some elements of gothic.” And to improve the sentence, it should be like “Death, blood, and graveyard are some gothic elements.”

•    It would be better to merge second and third sentence. “….. gothic elements, which were all new for the readers during the Victorian Era.
•    Sujin, it would be better to insert a transition before putting the quotation.
•    Don’t abbreviate would have to would’ve
•    The rest seems fine!

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