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Dracula as a dark Christ Throughout Bram Stokers novel Dracula we see the count as an evil representation of Jesus Christ This is the result of the Catholic religions role in the society in which Stoker lived There are a number of occurances of this theme as well as ways that the theme is presented One way is the use of the number three a well known symbol of the Catholic religions deity Another presentation of Dracula as a dark Christ is in the Alunacy of the man Renfield Thirdly there is a great symbolism toward this theme in the power that Stoker has given Dracula over his Aservants All these add to the use of Draculas character as a parody of Jesus The number three is used throughout the Catholic religion Most often it is used as a marker of the presence of God His son Christ and the Holy Spirit This number has now been used by Stoker to instill a sense of omnipotence and omniscience about the character Essentially he has made Dracula so powerful as to make the reader think that he just may be God One singular appearance of the number three is in the vampire sisters The first time that the attempt is made to convert Jonathan over to the dark ways is by the three vampire sisters who seduce him after he falls asleep in a room of the castle that Dracula has forbidden Jonathan to enter This is symbolic of a punishment made by God for disobeying His commandments The mystical number of three resurfaces again in the attempts to save the life of Lucy In hopes of halting or at least delaying her vampirism Van Helsing gives her three blood transfusions from three men all of whom love her dearly All of the three transfusions eventually fail and Lucys soul succumbs to Draculas will The three transfusions come from men who love
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