dracula March 27

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Dracula discussion questions

 Just a reminder: our book club discussion questions contain spoilers.

Is it possible to discuss Dracula without saying banal things about sex? Is it possible to talk about Dracula without saying “Well, the Victorians really…” and ending the sentence with a stereotype either of primness or lewdness? Is it possible to examine the sexualities in the novel without being really boring about it? Seriously?

Try to design a motive for Dracula’s plan to go to England that makes sense. What does he think he’s doing buying Carfax Abbey? What’s the point of the thing?

Is there anything about Johnathan Harker that’s particularly appealing? Stalking Dracula through London with a knife: brave or stupid?

Can Stoker write women?

Vampires can change shape and command the forces of the night, to some degree. Why does Dracula find it so difficult to kill off the heroes? Try to mend the plot with only in-world considerations.

The Sgzany in this book: racist caricature, or so far from being accurate as to not even count as an attempt at representation?

Quincy Morris: racist caricature or so far from being accurate as to not even count as an attempt at representation?

Many later versions of the story add a motive to Dracula’s actions: Mina is the reincarnation of his dead wife. Does this rob Mina of agency, or does she not have much agency to begin with?

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