Pollution And Redemption In Dracula, By Anne Mcwhir

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Pollution and Redemption in Dracula, written by Anne McWhir, a Professor Emerita at the University of Calgary, analyzes the complex relationships between characters of Bram Stoker’s, Dracula. McWhir acknowledges seemingly opposing themes within Dracula, “Dracula is remarkable for its blurring and confusion of categories. Modem and primitive, civilized and savage, science and myth are confused; so too are other categories-good and evil, clean and unclean, life and death” (31). She explains the purpose of hunting Count Dracula is to restore the characters, giving them a chance at redemption, “The pollution or dangerous power that disappears at the end of Dracula means that the characters can return to a world of clear categories and…show more content…
Dracula is a proud of his lineage. His blood is noble among gypies (criminals) but when placed in comparison to the elite of England, he is considered primitive, “…Dracula's criminality dominates over his noble blood: 'science' assimilates him to a lower type, associating him with animals and 'inferior' human groups” (McWhir 34).
By the end of Dracula, the younger characters return to clear and defined statuses; Lucy is at peace in her true death, Dr. Seward and Holmwood (Godalming) are married to other women, Mina and Mr. Harker have been ushered into adulthood by becoming parents. They decided to name their child, Quincey (McWhir 35). McWhir explains, “Quincey Morris, wounded in the act of destroying Dracula, dies a hero's death, reminding us that the dangers have not been mere dreams and mad fantasies and showing us through his central role in a ritual of purification that blood is substance as well as symbol” (35).
The defined social categories that the characters wish to achieve can only be possessed by recognizing their opposing forces. Anne McWhir concludes that the road to purification for Mina requires a blood sacrifice, sanity cannot exist without recognizing madness, and the danger of and dependence on foreigners (Dracula and Van

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