Christian Tradition Of Dracula By Bram Stoker Essay

1026 Words Jan 4th, 2015 5 Pages
Kassandra Valle
Jones 1
Dracula Essay
27 December 2014
Christian Tradition in Dracula In Bram Stoker’s epistolary novel, Dracula published in 1897, Christianity is often portrayed through a positive light. Corresponding to most gothic/horror based literature books; many of them have Christian symbolism. The actions taken by the vampire Dracula are faintly similar to many features of Christianity, yet they are metaphorically/darkly misleading. If count Dracula is meant to symbolize the devil then it is Stokers’ way of saying that the evil one is resisted through the power of God. This novel is so invested in the strength and power of the Christian salvation, which at times it reads as a propagandistic Christian promise of salvation. In the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker, one of the major themes is Christianity, the actions taken by the characters in the novel are similar to many Christian Traditions and are often distorted into the original vampire story. Practically as old as religion, Dracula depicts a satanic figure in the novel, not just physically (pointed ears, fangs and flaming eyes), but also in his ingestion of blood. Blood is a vital characteristic of this novel, the importance of blood in Christian mythology is that Jesus shed his blood to save us from our sins and open the doors of heaven, therefore it represents life. In Dracula, said by Renfield, “I tried to kill him for the purpose of strengthening my vital powers by the assimilation with my own body of his…

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