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by Bram Stoker

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I need help writing a thesis statement and outline on Bram Stoker's novel Dracula.

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One way to focus your thesis statement might be to expound upon one of the themes in Dracula. Some of these include the clash of good vs. evil, science (or rationality) vs. superstition (irrationality), fear of the stranger/outsider, and the vampire as predator.

With the last of the above in mind, you could trace the expansion of the Count’s predation from its beginnings in Transylvania to England and how its scope, socially and sexually, impacts the lives of all those he encounters—Jonathan, Lucy, Mina, and Van Helsing, particularly. Think of how Dracula insinuates himself into the lives of his potential victims, as well as how, in doing so, he unwittingly binds them together as an ultimately destructive force against himself.

If tackling themes seems unappealing, you may wish to consider form. Stoker’s novel, widely recognized as one of the most famous vampire stories in literary history, is also considered one of the most successful in its use of a challenging literary form, that...

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