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This paper discusses how "Dracula" by Bram Stoker expresses many legitimate fears of the period it was written in within the framework of the fictional story. The paper examines how it is certainly not just an expression of fears, but also a well-written and intricate story, with no singular interpretation, as it is told from a number of character viewpoints. The paper also contends that "Dracula" does express certain societal and psychological fears belonging to the time of late Victorian England and that it also contains a powerful symbol of hope; for in the end the men and women on the side of good and God, overcome the evils of Dracula.
From the Paper:"Dracula himself is a personification of capital, and in being so is corrupt and somewhat sinister. This does not seem to fit in with the other fears voiced, however, the idea of the "bad gold" he uses certainly does. The gold Dracula uses is very old, taken with force from other nations around Transylvania. This is a very strong metaphor for the problems with capitalism, how gold (money) can be used for bad things, or even gained through corrupt means. This essentially is the idea of "dirty money" which could creep into capitalism and corrupt the height of society - the bourgeois."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Hindle, Maurice: Introduction to Dracula (Penguin Classics)
- Eagleton, Terry: Literary Theory, An Introduction
- Ludlam, Harry: A Biography of Dracula, The Life Story of Bram Stoker
Cite this Book Review:
"Dracula" (2008, June 24) Retrieved June 24, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/dracula-104833/
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