"Dracula" Book Report Profile

The Last Resting Place Of Irish Writer Bram Stoker
The funerary urn containing the ashes of writer Bram Stoker, who was best known for his 1897 horror novel "Dracula". Jim Dyson / Getty Images

"Dracula" was written by Bram Stoker and published by Archibald Constable & Co of London in 1897. It is currently published by Oxford University Press, USA.


The story of "Dracula" takes place in several locations from the small town of Whitby to the bustling center of London in England, as well as in the distant and untamed land of the Carpathian Mountains. The time is the late 19th century at the height of the Victorian era.


  • Count Dracula: the antagonist of the novel, the Count is a living symbol of evil. He also represents Old World Europe where folklore and superstition have not been dissembled by science.
  • Van Helsing: the chief protagonist of the book, Van Helsing represents both old and new world ideas. His willingness to blend Western science with Eastern tradition is his greatest weapon against Dracula.
  • Wilhelmina Harker (Mina): the ultimate heroine, Mina represents the ideals of virtue, Christian ethics, and practicality.​

Book Plot

"Dracula" is the story of a vampire who wishes to travel to England to prey upon the bustling society of Victorian London. As he sets out to meet this goal, he encounters a group of men determined to destroy him. Many dangerous encounters and several deaths follow as the collective protagonists of the story attempt and eventually succeed in their mission to protect humanity from the evil they have encountered.

Questions to Ponder

Consider the following questions as you read.

  • How does Stoker use religion and religious rites to advance the theme of conflict between 'traditional' and 'modern' life?
  • What does it mean to describe the novel as epistolary?
  • How does the conflict between folklore and science add to the suspense of the novel?
  • What similarities and differences exist between Lucy Westenra and Mina Harker?

Possible First Sentences

  • The absence of a single narrator in Bram Stoker's "Dracula" results in characters that are readily accessible to the reader.
  • There is a strong connection between sexuality, frequently feminine sexuality, and vampirism in Bram Stoker's "Dracula".
  • "Dracula" is essentially a story about the fight between good and evil.
  • Each of the protagonists in "Dracula" presents a significant threat to the Count and his plan.