2nd Blog Post (Dracula)

For your second blog post, provide a close reading of the following passage from Dracula (from Seward’s Diary):

5 June.—The case of Renfield grows more interesting the more I get to understand the man. He has certain qualities very largely developed; selfishness, secrecy, and purpose. I wish I could get at what is the object of the latter. He seems to have some settled scheme of his own, but what it is I do not yet know. His redeeming quality is a love of animals, though, indeed, he has such curious turns in it that I sometimes imagine he is only abnormally cruel. His pets are of odd sorts. Just now his hobby is catching flies. He has at present such a quantity that I have had myself to expostulate. To my astonishment, he did not break out into a fury, as I expected, but took the matter in simple seriousness. He thought for a moment, and then said: “May I have three days? I shall clear them away.” Of course, I said that would do. I must watch him.

Please provide your interpretation before the deadline and in the required number of words.

Dracula Precursors

For this first blog post response, go back through the three literary texts we read for class (by Polidori, Le Fanu, and Stoker).  Select a short favorite passage from a story of your choice, copy it onto your blog response, and then post a 100-word commentary on why you made that particular choice.  Pay close attention to the tone and language.