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Possibly the most terrifying aspect of Bram Stokers Dracula is The Counts mocking of Christianity Indeed Dracula seems to be a total opposite of Christ and Christian values driven purely by desire and lust showing his demonic soul through the fire that burns in his eyes Despite these opposites Stoker repeatedly uses biblical imagery and references to compare Dracula to Christ creating deliberate parallels throughout the novel By making these parallels what is Stoker attempting to say ideologically Stoker sets up his story to clearly show the conflict between established Victorian society and the changes that were beginning to occur during his time By using the vampire hunters to embody Victorian sensibilities and Dracula to symbolize a challenge to those ideals Stoker creates a battle between good and evil ending with the defeat of Dracula and a return to the norm While appearing to be a typical repressive story to enforce the ideals of Stokers society it is the opposite that he cleverly implies Through his use of twisted biblical passages and allusions Stoker transforms a repressive story of Victorian good conquering over evil into an ideologically liberating criticism of the status quo To begin to understand Stokers ideological implications one must first understand the roles of each side of the overall conflict The vampire hunters represent the status quo of the Victorian Era They are the Catholic force that is determined to banish this evil through their strength in each other and in God Dracula represents a challenge to the traditions and ideals of Victorian Society He is cast as a foreign invader that has come to London to change the status quo and to create a new way of living that of Vampirism This conflict is set up to be a simple battle of good versus evil God versus the Devil the hunters versus Dracula to allow the reader to easily relate to and accept the story in its face value In Noel
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