Dear Jessie

Dear Jessie,

My name is Alyssa, but you can call me Lyss if you’d like. I am writing to you in regards to the epistolary genre assignment we received. I am really interested in the topics you have chosen to analyze and I hope that you find my interests entertaining as well. I checked out your dice instagram as well and I thought it was so cool! I have never played D&D, however I think your art is beautiful! I too am a MCU fan and I just recently purchased a Groot planter that has been my latest muse. It was really exciting to see how much we had in common!

Although this is not my first time reading “Dracula”, I found that looking at the story with the perspective of a biology student revealed some really interesting themes and details that had gone unnoticed during my first read. I have been using the illness or disease interpretation of the word “viral” and this has allowed me to analyze the text in a way that takes into account both the medical and psychological impact when examining fictitious characters. I really appreciate Stoker’s use of dramatic irony. This is especially evident is the topic of blood and war; the reader can associate these two themes to a vampire easily although Jonathan is yet to realize what is happening.

I am especially interested in the infectious aspect of the interaction with the vampires. I find it interesting how in the beginning of the novel, villagers chose to distance themselves from the Count in a similar way to how one’s reaction to possible exposure to someone who is ill is to stay away, and to put it into more modern terms, “social-distance”. In my previous writings I have drawn a comparison between the virality presented in the text and a more modern example of virality which is COVID-19. I found that this comparison is extremely helpful in my understanding of how people in the Gothic era viewed illness and pestilence. This is a relationship that I hope to build upon throughout the course.

I found your theme of sexuality in regards to vampires to be quite interesting. I too found it to be quite notable that all vampires were sexualized, not just one of the sexes. It was somewhat refreshing to see that both male, female, and all other vampires were able to freely express their sexuality in a setting where the focus of sexualization was not singularity placed on female vampires. I am looking forward to reading more of your analysis on this topic!

Sincerely,

Alyssa Díaz-Tucker

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