The beginning of the story starts off with the character, Jonathan, Harker making an entry into his journal about his journey to Count Dracula’s Castle. The reader soon realizes that they will not know anything about the character unless he makes an entry, which is a very interesting idea. I think that by writing the book in this style Bram Stoker is not only creating suspense but also making the characters more realistic. The reader really feels like these characters were real and going through this ordeal. I like the fact that the characters that come later are also introduced through only letters or journals. Again it is very interesting and makes them feel authentic.
Jonathan Harker starts off as a very level-headed business man on a work assignment. While he is traveling to Dracula’s castle he is warned many times not to continue on his expedition. “Whether it is the old lady’s fear, or the many ghostly traditions of this place, or the crucifix itself, I do not know, but I am not feeling nearly as easy in my mind as usual.” He seems a little worried but turning around does not even cross his mind.
Later we see quite a change in his character once Harker discovers the monster that is Dracula. I think this excerpt from the book is a good example of how the practical Harker has changed:
“No man knows till he has suffered from the night how sweet and dear to his heart and eye the morning can be. When the sun grew so high this morning that it struck the top of the great gateway opposite my window, the high spot which it touched seemed to me as if the dove from the ark had light there. My fear fell from me as if it had been a vaporous garment which dissolved in the warmth”
Jonathan’s medium for the book is either his journal or letters. This means that the reader will only know what happens in the story after it happens, which actually offers some reassurance because if Jonathan is writing about a suspenseful event he experienced the reader knows he survived because he’s writing about it.
The main reason that I chose to examine Harker’s point of view is because I found his journal entries and letters the most vivid, believable, and interesting. While reading his part of the story the book was a page turner for me. He seems to be a very observant person who can describe his surroundings with great detail. I also think he is a more interesting character because he is the most like a writer. With the other characters it was more obvious that they were writing letters or making journal entries. Harker’s journal entries read so clearly and concise that you almost forget that you were reading a journal until you get to his next entry.