Blog Post 3: The Epistolary Genre
My name is David Sanchez Venegas, and I am your partner for the Viral Vampires course. I am a second-year Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Major that enjoys running, hiking, and climbing. I am writing to introduce myself because we are working with each other for the rest of the quarter. I also think discussing our research topic for the final project is better done, sooner rather than later.
I think the plot in Dracula is amusing and exciting. I now completely understand why Dracula has come to be iconic. Jonathan Harker, the main protagonist, is imprisoned with an intelligent demon-like creature with supernatural powers. The only way out is to outwit the vampire. The idea of being alone in a house with killers and the only means of escape is through intelligence rather than strength is very interesting to me. The part where Harker witnessed Dracula climbing walls like a lizard was particularly thrilling, and the first person point of view made it even more so. I could not begin to imagine what I would do or think if I saw someone do that.
I especially enjoy the way Dracula portrays a person with the attributes of a carnivorous animal as well as a harbinger of evil. It exemplifies how people in the late 1800s were still reluctant to understand new sciences and therefore labeled them unorthodox. However, because I am aware that we are both stem majors based on your discord introduction, I think it would be interesting to pursue in greater detail how Stoker engages with the scientific method in the novel for our research project. For example, Dracula’s portrayal as a being that is not bound by death or diseases shows how Stoker hypothesized the potential of science regarding medical practice.
I am still open to other ideas and research topics. I thought of this research topic with my major in mind, so I am also interested in how you could relate your major to your research topic. Even if your idea does not involve science, I am open to it. I hope you found my topics interesting, and I look forward to working with you. Thank you for taking the time to read this email.