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Cruz 1 Dracula and Christianity Jay Cruz English 120 Vic Cavalli March 31, 2016
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Cruz 2 In his novel Dracula , Bram Stoker portrays a protagonist character who sees himself as the dark prince of the world in search for victims to be his slaves for eternity. A recurring theme throughout the story is how Christianity is present in the novel and how Dracula is portrayed as the Anti-christ through his worship and values. However, we see in the novel that Dracula was not always bad, that he is almost cursed to be a servant to the devil. Dracula’s mysterious background leads the characters to believe that maybe The Count is not as horrid, especially could be misunderstood as was Jesus. Additionally, relationships can be seen between Dracula and prominent religious figures such as Jesus and the Virgin Mary. For instance, there are strong correlations between the values and worships that both Jesus and Dracula present in their teachings. As well, the Virgin Mary and Dracula are similar in the mentoring relationships that they possess. Given these facts, it is evident that Dracula provokes the teachings of Christianity by being blasphemous towards its beliefs where the presence of Christianity within the vampire narrative is shown through the characters and throughout the story line.
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There are several ways where Dracula can be considered Anti-Christian such as his portrayal of Anti-Christian values and perversions of the Christian religion. In chapter one as Jonathan Harker travels to Castle Dracula, Harker meets several people where he tells Cruz 3 them where he is going. Meanwhile, an elderly woman from the crowd introduces herself and hands him a crucifix to protect him on his journey. In the novel Stoker claims that Jon Harker was confused as “she rose and dried her eyes, and taking a crucifix from her neck and offered it to me.. She put the rosary around my neck, and said for my mother's sake” (Stoker 7). As early shown in the book, the crucifix is a symbol of protection and its purpose is to ward off evil spirits. Count Dracula is considered early on to be an evil spirit which Jon Harker does not realize yet. While reading, Dracula as an anti-christ has
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