Dracula, By Bram Stoker Essays

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Introduction:
Dracula, written by Bram Stoker in 1897, has become one of the most popular and enduring gothic novels. This blood-sucking vampire is now an iconic symbol of horror, whose fame stretches far beyond the covers of the novel. Written at the precipice of the turn of the century, the novel touches upon anxieties of a society that was changing at an uncomfortably rapid place. Stoker used this unlikely horror story to convey the apprehension of the Victorians, which includes anxieties over the existence of the supernatural, prominence of the British Empire, and sexuality of women. As the world had progressed, society was unsure of the repercussions of scientific advancement and the increasing abandonment of traditional Christian beliefs. In general, Victorians, both pious and liberal, believed that their empire was a vehicle for the spread of “correct” Christian doctrine. They used it to spread abolitionist views and the methods they believed were best for governing. Increasingly, science was used to explain answers to not only common everyday occurrences, but also life’s big questions. This can be best seen in the rise of Darwinism, after Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859. The origin of mankind could be explained through science instead of religion. This marked the gradual usurpation of the role of religion by science. As religion’s grip on society was gradually weakened, societal norms were weakened as well. This struck fear in the…

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