Sociopolitical Philosophy In The Works Of Stoker And Yeats Essay
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Sociopolitical Philosophy in the Works of Stoker and Yeats
Around the turn of this century there was widespread fear throughout
Europe, and especially Ireland, of the consequences of the race mixing that was occurring and the rise of the lower classes over the aristocracies in control.
In Ireland, the Protestants who were in control of the country began to fear the rise of the Catholics, which threatened their land and political power. Two
Irish authors of the period, Bram Stoker and William Butler Yeats, offer their views on this “problem” in their works of fiction. These include Stoker's
Dracula and Yeats' On Baile's Strand and The Only Jealousy of Emer, and these works show the authors' differences in…show more content…
His journal is written in shorthand, which is a sign of modernity and efficiency. He is a stenographer, which means he is well versed in the legal system, also a sign of a civilized person. Harker also mentions that he had visited the British Museum and library in preparation for his trip to this strange land, once again showing that he is well-organized resourceful. Stoker makes sure to give the reader this impression of his protagonist as a rational individual because it is he who will later combat the savage forces with common sense and logic.
Harker's detailed account of his journey into Transylvania shows the contrast between the West and the East. As he travels farther east, the land becomes more primitive and wild. As he writes in his journal, “I had to sit in the carriage for more than an hour before we began to move. It seems to me that the further East you go the more unpunctual are the trains. What ought they to be in China?” (9). Here the reader sees that as Jonathan goes east, technology begins to break down a bit and things are a lot less orderly. Jonathan also finds that he is beginning to lose command over the language, as he writes, “
They were evidently talking of me, and some of the people who were sitting on the bench outside the door. . . came and listened, and then looked at me, most of them pityingly. I could hear a lot of words often repeated, queer words, for there were