Essay on Bram Stoker's Dracula

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Bram Stoker's Dracula

Bram Stoker's Dracula is one of the most renowned British novels of all time. It has left its marks on many aspects of literature and film. Many thematic elements are present throughout the story and have been interpreted in many ways. Stoker uses his characters to manifest the themes that he wishes to imply. Three themes that present themselves throughout the book are the theme of Christian Redemption, science and technology, and sexual expression. Christian Redemption is shown in many ways throughout the book. Very early in the book when Jonathon Harker is making his journey to the Count's castle he makes a stop where he is given crucifixes. The people who give them to him tell him how they will
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The first example of this is when Lucy is finally killed. Stoker uses the terminology "releasing the soul" when referring to the killing of a vampire. Lucy had been transformed into a bloodsucking, killing monster. However, when she is "saved" by the forces of good by cutting her head off, stuffing her mouth with garlic, and driving a steak through her heart, her former beauty is restored. Stoker writes, "Death had given back park of her beauty, for her brow and cheeks had recovered some of their flowing lines; even the lips had lost their deadly pallor" (Stoker, p 169). Even when Dracula is killed, he has a look of tranquility on his face. Mina writes in her journal, "I shall be glad as long as I live that even in that moment of final dissolution, there was in the face a look of peace, such as I never could have imagined might have rested there" (Stoker, p 398). The Christian rituals and symbols that are used throughout the book represent how the faith will protect you from evil and save you from eternal hell. In the Victorian Era, there was an emergence of the belief that you will receive personal salvation through Christ. In Dracula, characters such as Lucy, Mina, even Dracula, received personal salvation at some point in the novel. Sometimes the book can even be propagandistic towards the Christian faith. However, the thematic element of Christian Redemption is still a major part of the novel.
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