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The Gothic is a formula of stock conventions It is interested in nightmarish mindscapes and a unique style of writing This scene from Dracula is very much Gothic as it contains the basic Gothic conventions It is significant to the story as it is Lucys first encounter with Dracula It is also important to invoke fear and uncertainty in the reader The setting and supernatural occurrences are crucial to the scene to create a sense of uncanny and mystery Additionally a theme of isolation contributes to create suspense and tension Also important is the style of writing and a sense of ambiguity These basic Gothic elements assist in the significance of this scene to the novel Firstly the setting is very important in creating a sense of terror and dread Gothic mise-en-scene is brought across in the description of the surroundings outside with a bright full moon with heavy black driving clouds The moon is a regular Gothic motif and it has been repeated three times in this scene and its light struck so brilliantly The clouds constantly obscured the church and conceal from Mina the event-taking place at the east cliff There is also a feeling of desolation Being set near the ruins of the abbey this is typical of a Gothic scenario as it is bleak and obsolete The setting helps create a Gothic atmosphere and aids in hiding the mystery that is going on ie Dracula taking Lucy victim Next supernatural occurrences are present to provide the scene with a sense of uncanny and uncertainty The way the clouds seem to cave in constantly when Mina is looking for Lucy is rather strange and it gives the reader a sense of uneasyness about it I feel that the clouds causing shadow to shut down on light seemed to be hiding the location of Lucy from Mina as Dracula is doing his deed Another supernatural event is the way Mina woke
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