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This story takes place at the end of the 19th century, when science and reason began to emerge. In Bram Stoker's "Dracula" the protagonists deal with a force beyond their knowledge. Throughout this story, three characters live through an experience similar to one another and come to realize that when the mind steps into unknown territory, where reason and logic fails as a remedy, madness takes control. "Dracula" can be read from many perspectives, but one thing is for certain, madness reveals itself through Jonathon Harker, Renfield, and Van Helsing.
Johnathon Harker starts off his journey to Transylvania as any normal human would, but finds that he encounters creatures that oppose his beliefs and drive him mad. Harker's madness begins when he finds himself trapped in Dracula's castle. He thinks he's going mad by seeing himself as a rat in a trap. "I think I must have been mad for the time, for I behaved much as a rat does in a trap." Harker compares himself to a rat because the environment he is in makes him feel dirty. When a rat is trapped in a maze, instincts and senses are guides that lead to the right direction. If one were to fail, madness occurs. Harker's in a similar situation; trapped in Dracula's house and unable to control his reasoning, he goes mad. After he accepts that what he sees as reality, he questions his state of mind. "Whilst I live on here there is but one thing to hope for, that I may not go mad, if, indeed, I be not mad already. If I be sane, then surely it is maddening to think that of all the foul things that lurk in this hateful place the Count is the least dreadful to me…" Harker doesn't know if he is mad, but he assures himself that even to think about finding comfort in Dracula is madness itself. He is trying to suppress his thoughts to keep himself sane. Harker has no control over his reasons or logic after seeing Dracula.


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