Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of English

Content Description

1 online resource (iii, 57 pages)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Ronald A Bosco

Committee Members

Randall T Craig


archetype, Dracula, Jung, psychology, Stoker, vampire, Vampires in literature, Jungian psychology, Vampires

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities


Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula remains one of the most enduring horror stories in the English language, and lends itself to a wide variety of analytic lenses. Carl Jung's analytical psychology provides a method of interpreting literature which gives new insight into the novel. By employing the use of archetypes found in the collective unconscious like the persona, shadow, hero, antihero, God-image, devil, and anima, Dracula becomes a study of the mind. Harker, as the persona, endures a test of courage when facing the vampire as his shadow. Dracula's relocation to London transforms him from the shadow to the antihero and devil, bringing the threat out of the personal realm and placing the entire city in peril. The resulting analysis provides the ability to use Dracula as an allegory for personal growth in the battle of good versus evil.