Forward Thinking In Bram Stoker's Dracula

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Forward thinking in Dracula. In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Stoker challenges the Victorian mind in ways that had never been done before. The novel is written in a way to fool readers to think the story is true. He covers subjects of religion, sex and the supernatural in an attempt to expand the shallow thinking of the time. The character of Dracula rarely appears in the text after the first few chapters to create a sense of mystique for Dracula, and by doing so proves Dracula is supernatural. The theme of good versus evil is demonstrated by symbolic colors, and by Christian symbols used as weapon on Dracula. The Victorian view of women was that women weren’t supposed to be sexualized, and it’s helpful to Dracula to take advantage of Lucy and Mina. Victorian views on women were not helpful to Mina, because everyone underestimates her. After the first few chapters, Dracula rarely appears in the actual narrative to create a sense of mystique. Mina describes the eerie feeling in the air as Dracula is on his way to England. “Dark figures are on the beach here and there, sometimes half shrouded in the mist, and seem ‘men walking like trees’”.(Mina Murry’s journal 89) The first chapter’s creates a foundation for Dracula- it shows him being a cunning, ruthless…show more content…
evil is also developed though Christian symbols warding off evil. When Jonathan was on his way to Castle Dracula, he is given a crucifix by the elderly woman at the hotel to protect him. “She then rose and dried her eyes, and taking a crucifix from her next offered it to me.”(Jonathan Harker’s journal 13). The rosary protects Jonathan while he cuts his self shaving, Dracula lunges for his throat, but stops when he sees the crucifix around Jonathan’s neck. Later in the novel Van Helsing gives the knights communion wafers and crucifixes to keep them safe, and places wafers in Dracula’s coffin to banish him from it. Stoker uses Christian idolatrous items throughout the novel to

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