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Page history last edited by Alex Charlton 8 years, 7 months ago

At the beginning of the story R.M. Renfield was described by Dr. Seward as “Sanguine temperament, great physical strength, morbidly excitable, periods of gloom, ending in some fixed idea which I could not make out.” (Page 62).By the end of the story Renfield became saner and focused because of his motivation to save Mina.

            R.M. Renfield is most associated with Dr. John Seward. Dr. John Seward is the doctor that is keeping track of his progression and most of the story is read threw his diary. Dr. Seward diagnosed him with zoophagous (obsession of taking of life). Dr. Seward observed that Renfield would catch flies by using sugar. Then he would use the flies to cat spiders. Then, he would use the spiders to catch birds. Then, he would eat the bird’s feathers and all raw.

            In chapter 20 on page 275 Renfield was discovered by an attendant of the psychiatric ward injured. Renfield has a broken skull; his neck had been snapped and back had been broken. Renfield was in so much pain from the blood swelling in his brain, the Dr. Van Helsing tried to operate on Renfield, it was unsuccessful. With Renfield’s last breathe he revealed that Dracula was the one who attacked him and Dracula’s eyes burned into him and his strength left his body. Renfield was attracted because he stood up to Dracula after acquiring feelings for Mina and learning she was in danger. Once Dracula was exposed as a super-natural the story changed completely because knowing the extent of Dracula’s power raised the suspension and caution to Dr. Seward and to Van Helsing.

            At the beginning R.M. Renfield embodied the concept of taking another life and the thirst for blood. Renfield did this by consuming creatures he trapped in his room. On the other hand he also instills a thought of hope and change. Renfield did this by sacrificing himself for Mina and standing up to Dracula.

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Becky Thwing said

at 8:37 pm on Jan 11, 2012

i love the picture, and quoting the actual book was a great idea!

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