Shit Essay

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Monstrosity is reflected in many ways. Composers represent monstrosity through interesting and evocative ways. We are constantly bomb barded by images of death and dark and blood sucking but what really is monstrosity? Does this word conjure up images of vampires, Dracula or maybe even buffy the vampire slayer. Today im going to explore how monstrosity is shaped by composers to elicit emotions, images perhaps even fear in you, the audience. Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ involves monstrosity which is represented through the motive of Christianity. Through the 19th century, a time of fluctuation in the popularity of organised religion was at its peak, it was pervasive, morality and religion soon became an influence of all aspects of life. Dracula explores the binary that exists between good and evil. Dracula represents immoral or evil that exists in the world where monstrosity is a representation of anti-Christian values. This is also reflected in “the Vampire” by Rudyard Kipling, though it is a different form the structure of Kipling’s poem “the vampire” involves symbolism, repetition and of course the whole poem is an extended metaphor. Despite the fact that the 21st century vampire is depicted as a romantic figure, we must remember Kipling and stoker composed these dramatic works in the context of extreme superstition and where religion permeates their existents. Christianity offers a god, Dracula is presented to us as an antichrist. The metaphor ‘a smile that Judas in hell might be proud of’ with the religious allusion likening Dracula to a traitor of god. Representing anti-Christian values as monstrosity, the mentioning of the Christian crucifix throughout the text such as “taking a crucifix from her neck offered it for me”. While Christ is represented as the giver of life, Dracula is presented to us as the taker of life. Through more religious allusions and

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