3/9/09 10:16 AM Context of Dracula Degeneration (Decadence) Instead of progressing, society is degenerating Nordau and Lombroso How is Dracula a criminal? Takes lives Runs away Selfish Only interested in self-preservation Degeneration in the novel Sexuality throughout the whole novel Harker morally degenerates wanting to send Dracula to hell Also physically degenerates by aging extremely quickly Also mentally, toward the end he becomes paranoid Falling Empire Second Boer War (1899) Happens after the novel is published, but the build up is there There is a sense that the empire is just not doing well Where do we see the empire? The differences between Transylvanian and England throughout the novel Dracula himself can be a symbol of the empire because he is super powerful at first, but be the end he?s worthless The English persons throughout the novel are so apathetic, while the foreigners become leaders and convince the others to fight for their lives and such The New Woman Grant Allen The Women Who Did (1894) More famous work Canadian Brit Really the woman who didn?t?marry that is?but she DID have a kid out of wedlock Sarah Grand The Heavenly Twins (1893) Mina As New Woman Loves technology Has the ability to control the men As Victorian Knows the gender roles and abides by them Still very conservative in values Science and Faith Darwin, Huxley, Nordau, etc. Van Helsing with the embodiment of faith makes everyone realize the reality of the situation Dracula?s Scientific reasoning The whole text revolves around the scientific method Lots of psychological aspects throughout the story ? especially in the analysis of Reinfield Hypnotism ? particularly Mina to Dracula Technology Telegraph (1837; 1870) Typewriter (1867) Phonograph (1890) How is technology used Communication Time advantage over Dracula The gang travels by train while Dracula chooses to take the steamboat which is much more old fashioned It?s a way of recording Critical Theory Readings Epistolary Structures What is the effect of this structure in relation to the action Why do the letters work well for the story? Gives different P.O.V. Makes it more epic Gives Dracula more power and mystery We don?t know throughout the novel whether or not any or all of them survive. Lucy?s letters are in there, but she dies. Main contributors: Harkers Seward All three are English, but are different from the other English characters because they are in the middle class Silent Characters: Dracula Quincey Morris We don?t ever get their sides of the story. We of course are going to view Dracula as the evil character because we never get his side! Gender Theory How does this novel deal with gender issues/roles? Psychoanalytic What are the underlining (sexual) meanings? There are all types of sexual underlining?s particularly because society is still unsure how to handle sexuality Marxist How is money represented in the novel? Dracula preys on the middle class On pg. 306, Dracula gets slashed by Jonathan and he doesn?t bleed blood, he ?bleeds MONEY? Dracula preys on Lucy and Mina after they come into some money Dracula can cause more destruction in England by taking out the middle class than turning the whole country into vampires Dracula 3/9/09 10:16 AM 3/9/09 10:16 AM
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