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Dracula and Harker



First Things First

Please go to the boards and ask one relevant question about chapters 1-4. Is there a section that isn't clear to you? Or just one you're wondering about, like what's up with Dracula's wives? Explain what makes you ask this question, which is to say why did this question form in your head?

Make sure you reply to at least two peers.

Initial post due by March 2 at 11:59 PM

Replies to peers due by March 4 at 11:59 PM




This week, we're writing about Bram Stoker's Dracula, but you only have to read the first four chapters. You're certainly welcome to finish the novel, but it's pretty long and gets a bit repetitive after the scenes with Lucy. Just remember, you're only responsible for what happens in the first four chapters because these are the sections of the book where we get the best look at Dracula himself. After he leaves Transylvania for London, we only see glimpses of him.

While you're reading, you should be thinking about Jonathan Harker and Count Dracula. How are these men different, and what do you think accounts for their differences? Who are they? What do they want? You'll be writing an essay due on October 21st that will require you to have answers for these questions.

Your next essay essay is pretty much like the last one, so continue to work on the same skills as before in order to make a strong and focused argument and continue to use of AEES to format your body paragraphs.

It's also time to start thinking about your research paper!

The assignment for this paper is simply to revise any of the papers you've already completed and add extra research to it. In other words, say you just wrote a paper on Frankenstein and how it proves a definition of evil. Take that essay, and do some additional research to strengthen your argument.

You don't have a great deal of time to work on this, so it's important that you do your research now, even if you're not 100% sure what you'll be writing about. Research can often help shape your topic as you learn more about a given topic and are introduced to different ideas.

Refer to the syllabus for the research paper requirements.

If you have any questions about any of these ideas, please don't hesitate to ask me.

Your essay topics, requirements and deadlines for Dracula can be found here, but it's not due until the 18th. (If you send it early, it'll just sit in my inbox, staring.)




Choose what you believe are the three best quotes that explain/describe either Harker or Dracula. In other words, if you were telling someone who hadn't read the book about either one of these characters, what quotes would you use?

After you choose these quotes, explain why you think they are the best. What do they tell you about the characters?

Email me your quotes and explanations following this example from week 6.

Email due by March 2 at 11:59 PM

This is for the essay you have coming up! It's not due until the 18th. You have a choice of essay topics this time. While I would love to take credit for these topics, they are courtesy of previous classes.

Choose one of the following:

What makes Jonathan Harker the perfect victim for Dracula? What is he afraid of deep down inside? What character traits lead him to fall into Dracula's traps? Consider the board posts describing Harker for help.

Who would make a better roommate: Dracula or Frankenstein's creature? Seriously. This is a legitimate topic. Keep in mind that you need to compare the two point-for-point. For example, if you discuss Dracula as tidy and handsome, you have to discuss how tidy and handsome the creature is.

Feel free to use ideas and even passages from your previous papers.

The minimum word count is 750, and please remember to make good use of quotes from the text to support your points.

Organization is essential to a successful argument! Make sure you have a strong central thesis and focused body paragraphs that make use of AEES for their structure!

Email your essay to me as an attachment no later than March 18 at 11:59 PM