The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Victorian Era of England, and the Modern Era of the United States had vast differences. However, they were not that far apart, and as a result were not as dissimilar as it might appear at first glance. With only 30 years, and an ocean between them, the world of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and the world of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby portray big similarities that even relate to their differences. The overarching theme in the world of Stoker’s Dracula is fear. The progress that occurs in the realm of technology and science does not make people less afraid, but actually gives the opposite effect. This comes from two main points, fear of the unknown, and the lack of consistency in the new technology. One example of this lack of consistency would be when the telegram that gave instructions from Van Helsing to Seward does not arrive on time, it leads to an attack by Dracula that causes the death of Lucy’s mother. Dr. Seward alludes to this horror by stating, “The arrival of Van Helsing’s telegram filled me with dismay. A whole night lost, and I know by bitter experience what may happen in a night” (Stoker 148). Another problems with technology that arises in the novel is the blood transfusions that do not actually save Lucy’s life. The people in this Victorian era were not just afraid of the unknown in terms of technology, but they also had huge xenophobia. Obviously Dracula was evil and this caused the characters to fear him. However, their fear also came from not
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