Dracula Ch. 5
a character chart for Ch. 5. Have the following on it along with character
descriptions of each: Mina, Lucy, Dr.
John Seward, Quincy Morris, Arthur Holmwood.
2. Why do you think Stoker switches from Jonathan
to Mina and the others? What is his
purpose behind this? Explain.
Mina. How is she both like and unlike a
typical Victorian woman? Don’t forget to
add her to your chart.
Lucy. How is she both like and unlike a
typical Victorian woman? Don’t forget to
add her to your chart.
many marriage proposals does Lucy have?
Don’t forget to add each one to your chart. Which one do you think would be the best
match and why?
whom does Lucy compare Quincy Morris to?
What literary device is this? Add
it to your chart.
do you think of Lucy’s line, “why are men so noble when we women are so little
worthy of them?” What theme could it
represent? Explain your answer.
do you think of Lucy’s line, “Why can’t they let a girl marry three men, or as
many as want her, and save all this trouble?
But this is heresy, and I must not say it.” Look up heresy if you need to. What Victorian tenets does this line
violate? What theme could it represent? Could it foreshadow anything? Explain.
does Lucy choose to marry and why do you think she chose him above the
others? What Victorian characteristic
does this go with? It does not directly
state who she picks, but it should be obvious.
Who do you think is the main character
of the story? Explain your answer with
Dracula Ch. 8
1. How is Gothic imagery used in the section
where Mina searches for and finds Lucy?
2. What shocking sight does Mina see when she
first sees Lucy? Do you think Lucy was
actually sleepwalking or could there be another explanation for her being out
in the graveyard? Explain your
answer. What theme could the scene
relate to? Explain your answer.
3. What does Mina do about her bare feet and
what Victorian element could it relate
to? Explain your answer.
4. What does Lucy wake up and point to at the
window? Is it what it appears to
be? What literary device could this be? Explain your answer and cite evidence to
support all answers.
5. What are the changes that Dr. Seward notices
in Renfield? What do you think the cause
for it could be? Explain.
6. How are religious ideas used in the
conversation between Dr. Seward and Renfield?
Has Renfield found religion?
Explain why you think yes or no.
If he has not, what do you think he is talking about when he talks about
“the Master”? Explain.
7. What is the significance of the fact that
Renfield escapes to the chapel at Carfax?
What does he seem to do there?
Dracula Ch. 9
1. How has Jonathan changed both physically and
mentally? What gothic trait would this
go with? Explain your answer.
2. What does Jonathan give Mina and with what
instructions? Do you think his instructions
are wise? Explain.
3. What does Mina do with Jonathan’s
journal? Do you think this is the right
idea? Explain. What theme could this relate to? NEW THEME!
What do her actions represent between them? Explain your answer.
4. What is Lucy’s current condition? What is the explanation she thinks she is
better? Why do YOU think she is
better? Explain your answer.
6. Describe Van Helsing’s character. What do you think of him? What do you think of the way he speaks to and
treats Lucy? Could this go along with
Victorian traits? Could this be a
theme? Explain your answer.
6. Why do you think Renfeild cares not for flies
anymore? Explain your answer.
7. How does Stoker use the epistolary style to
increase suspense at the end of the chapter?
10. What is Lucy’s condition at the beginning of
Ch. 10? What action does Van Helsing believe is
necessary to keep Lucy alive? What
theme could this relate to? (new theme)
11. Who arrives and offers to
help in Van Helsing’s first treatment of Lucy?
Why is it “right” he does so?
What theme(s) could this relate to? (new theme) Explain why you think it is this theme. It could be more than one.(think outside the
12. What happens to Lucy when Seward watches over
her? What happens when he stops?
13. Why does Van Helsing warn against telling
Arthur that Seward gave blood to Lucy?
What theme or themes could this relate to? Explain.
Add to your chart.
14. What are the “flowers” Van Helsing brings to
Lucy? What purpose do you think they
15. How does Van Helsing treat Lucy (not in the
medical sense)? What do you think of his
treatment of her? What theme could this relate to? Explain.
16. Do you think Van Helsing knows exactly what
is wrong with Lucy? Discuss with your
group if you think it is wise that he keeps this knowledge from the rest of the
characters. Should he have told Seward,
Arthur, and Lucy what is going on? Why
or why not? Oh, and what theme is
this? Explain. Put it on your chart.
17. What are Seward’s feelings at the end of the
chapter? What literary term is being
used? What do you think will happen next
in the story?
18. How is Lucy like a typical Gothic Woman in
chapter 10? What ideals of the Victorian
age are evident?
1. What terrible mistake does Lucy’s mother make
and what is the result? How does Van
Helsing react? What literary device
could this represent?
the order of the blood donations. What
is the significance of the men giving Lucy their blood and what themes could it
represent? What gothic element?
do you think is the tall stranger that talks to the zookeeper? What is the significance of the white in the
stranger’s hair? About what time does
the stranger talk to the zookeeper and what does this mean? Are you surprised? Explain your answer.
has happened at the zoo? What happens as
soon as the zookeeper finished telling his tale to the reporter?
does Renfeild do after injuring Seward?
Why do you think he does this?
does Van Helsing’s telegram reach Seward?
What theme does this go with?
Explain your answer.
the night of Sept. 17. What happened to
the servants, Lucy, and her mother? Be
you think there was anything more that could have been done to save Lucy? Explain your answer. If you think yes, explain who you think is
most to blame for what happens to her and why.
1. What do Dr. Seward and Van Helsing notice about
Lucy’s body when they go to pay their respects?
What literary device could this represent?
2. What does Van Helsing want
to do with Lucy’s body? Be
specific. In what manner does Van
Helsing try to persuade Seward that they must mutilate Lucy’s body? Should Seward listen to him? Explain your answer. What theme or themes could this relate
to? Explain your answer.
3. What is Arthur’s state of mind now that he
has lost his father and his fiancée?
What is his new title?
4. As Jonathan Harker walks down Piccadilly what does
he see that causes him to suddenly go pale?
What gothic element does this represent?
What does Mina declare it is time for her to do? Do you agree with her? Explain.
5. What does Van
Helsing say in regards to the blood transfusions? Do you agree with what he says? What theme or themes could it represent? Explain your answer.
6. Who do you think this Bloofer Lady is? What tenet of the Victorian Lady does this “Lady”
violate? What theme does it
Dracula Chapter 14
1. What is Mina’s reaction to the journal? What does Mina decide to do after reading
it? What benefit could this have? Explain your answer.
2. What does Van Helsing say about Jonathan’s
journal? What literary devices does he
use? Does he think Jonathan and Mina
are in danger? Do you agree with his
assessment? Why or why not?
3. What realization does Jonathan come to in
response to what Van Helsing says about the journal? How does it make him feel? What do you think about Jonathan’s
character? What kind of character is
he? (Dynamic or static). Explain.
4. What do you think Van Helsing notices in “The
Westminster Gazette” that disturbs him?
Why does it disturb him?
5. What habit has Renfeild resumed? Why do you think he has?
6. What fault does Seward have that hinders him
from seeing what Van Helsing sees, according to Van Helsing? IS this a fault? Explain your answer.
7. Do you agree with what Van Helsing says about
science? Why or why not? What theme could this relate to?
8. What startling revelation does Van Helsing
make at the end of the chapter? Is this
the fate you expected to befall Lucy?
How does it make you feel? What
theme or themes could it relate to?
Dracula Ch. 15
1. What is Seward’s reaction to Van Helsing’s
accusations against Lucy? What do they
initially find in Lucy’s tomb and what is Seward’s reaction to it? Do you feel his reaction is reasonable? Explain.
2. What do you think of Van Helsing’s methods of
investigation, specifically, in the sense of how much time they are
3. Why do you think Seward is so stubborn about
Lucy even after they find the child in the graveyard? What Victorian trait could this go with?
4. What finally convinces Seward? Do you think he was reasonable in his doubt
or not? Explain.
5. How does Lucy look when they find her in the
tomb? Why is this odd? What does it foreshadow? Explain.
6. According to Van Helsing, what all must be
done to kill the Undead? Now that both
he and Seward are sure she is a vampire, what is Van Helsing’s next move and do
you agree with it? Explain.
7. What is Holmwood’s reaction to what Van
Helsing tells him? Is it
reasonable? How would you react in his