A Postcolonial Interpretation Of Bram Stoker 's Dracula Essay

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A Postcolonial Interpretation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”
Analysed passage: Page 26 “In the library I found, to my great delight..” - Page 29 end. (Penguin Classics Reissue)

Post-colonialism is the discourse that reflects upon and reacts to the legacy of colonialism and imperialism within literature and culture. In the late 1800’s at the time when Dracula was written, there was a growing sense of cultural decline within Britain - many feared that people were losing sight of what it truly meant to be British, and this lead society to question the authority and control of the British white male. The decay of British global influence, the decrease in overseas markets for British goods, and the economic and political growth of both Germany and the United States all combined to diminish Victorian confidence in the British national image. The novel Dracula can be read through a postcolonial lense in that in its rawest form it is about the struggle to preserve core British values, and this highlights the divide between what was viewed as the democratic, pragmatic West and the superstitious, inferior East, with Dracula acting as the representative of the latter.

This is perhaps most visible between pages twenty-six and twenty-nine where Jonathan Harker describes his discussion with Count Dracula, during which he becomes aware of the Count’s eagerness to understand the British traditions. It becomes increasingly apparent to Jonathan that the Count not only desires to understand…

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