The Religious Aspects of the Novel Dracula
Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula as well as a Victorian man, includes religious elements in the book which explains the qualities of good and evil in the Victorian era London. Characters in the novel are Count Dracula, Jonathan Harker, Quincy Morris, Dr. Van Helsing, Mina Harker, and Lucy. Jonathan on his way to Dracula’s castle is the first character introduced. He is the husband of Mina, and the other men help him tremendously to save the town from the evil Dracula. Lucy is a dilapidated Victorian friend of theirs who shows opposite characteristics of Lucy. Count Dracula is the antagonist of the novel, a rich vampire, and his powers are being tested throughout. While the characters are hunting Dracula they encounter many religious elements. In the novel by Bram Stoker and other articles there are many examples of good versus evil like Count Dracula, the vampire hunters, and the Victorian women. The execrable Dracula displays copious characteristics of evil. Jonathan Harker, a lawyer from London, travels to Transylvania to finish a sale of property to Count Dracula. Once Jonathan arrives at Dracula’s castle, unearthly occurrences begin to happen. At first Jonathan did not recognize anything out of the ordinary until he describes when, “the Count leaned over me and his hands touched me… a horrible feeling of nausea came over me” (Stoker 20). In modern times when someone gets an undesirable feeling about someone or something usually there is a presence of evil. Also Count has mind controlling powers with humans and can manipulate anyone. A scholar Patrick Keats says that Dracula symbolizes the meaning of evil because, “a novel whose principal villain is so often surrounded with imagery relating him to the devil” (Keats 27). In the town of Transylvania most hide from the Count because he is known to kill innocent people and feed on their blood. He is a vicious vampire who spends his days trying to create a cult of his...
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