"Dracula": Science, Religion, and Superstition
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This essay analyzes the effect that science has on the ideals of religion and superstition in a society that is on the verge of ethical and moral failure in Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula". The paper states that the characters must find a way to balance both the scientific world and religious and superstitious beliefs in order to survive and defeat the vampires. The paper argues that, through his novel, Stoker wants his readers to realize that science is not the only important subject and that without a healthy balance between science and religion terrible things may occur.
From the Paper:"Throughout the novel, scientific techniques used to combat the vampiric onslaught only prove to be semi-effective. After Lucy is bitten she becomes very ill and seems to be nearing death for days. Van Helsing decides it is necessary to perform an operation saying, "'My friend John and I have consulted; and we are about to perform what we call transfusion of blood - to transfer from full veins of one to the empty veins which pine for him (166).'" This transfusion seems to work, but only for a few hours as Lucy gets steadily worse, eventually dying. The decision is made to perform an autopsy, but Van Helsing protests asking, "'But why do it at all? The girl is dead. Why mutilate her poor body without need (225)?'" It is clear that the scientific examinations into this phenomenon would prove to be futile. Towards the end of the novel, the Crew of Light is amazed that they are even considering the idea of vampirism. Mina writes, "'A year ago which of us would have received such a possibility, in the midst of our scientific, skeptical, matter-of-fact nineteenth century (327)?'" The characters finally come to realize the importance of both religion and superstition in their lives."
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