1.)
There are many ways that Bram Stoker’s Dracula can be considered Anti-Christian by
showing of Anti-Christian values and perversions of the Christian religion. In chapter one as
Jonathan Harker is traveling to Castle Dracula he is met by several people. When he meets these people and
tells them where he is going they cross themselves along with doing several other superstiscious
actions. One of the women he meets gives him a crucifix to protect him on his journey. This
crucifix protects him when Jonathan cuts himself shaving and Dracula lunges for his throat he stops when he
sees the crucifix around Jon’s neck. Later in the book it discusses how you can defend yourself from
Dracula and other vampires by the possession of a crucifix or practically any consecrated item from
the Christian religion can be used to save you from the attack or presence of a vampire. For example, in the latter of the
book Van Helsing uses a Host to prevent Dracula to enter his coffin. Another time, during the night
Van Helsing and Lucy stay out near the courtyard of Castle Dracula, Van Helsing makes a (Holy circle) with the Host to keep vampires out and to keep Mina safe in the (Holy circle).
Another time when the Host is used as a deterrence of vampires is at the time Van Helsing and the other men are going
to leave Mina alone in the house. Van Helsing touches a Host to Mina’s forehead and it burns into
her head since she, herself, was unclean. Another abstruction of the Christian religion would be the
fact that Dracula sleeps in a coffin and especially because the dirt in his coffin is consecrated and
Dracula, being evil, uses this ground to rest in. Dracula has several of the powers that Christians
believe no one but God could control. For instance, Dracula can control the weather, wild or
unclean animals and, he can change form and disappear into the air. Christians believe that
consuming God’s body and blood will give them everlasting life with God in heaven. Dracula
getting life after death or living an afterlife on earth by consuming the blood of the living to survive,
build his strength, and create more followers of him in his evil ways. By this, Dracula is relying
on humans to renew his life after death and thus not concentrating on God as the source of life. As
Dracula feeds on the blood of the living he creates followers as Jesus had disciples. Dracula has evil
ways and spreads his evil not by sexual reproduction as God meant it to be but he takes the living
and makes their lives evil destroying their souls. As it can be said that you must let God into your
heart Dracula may only enter someone’s home unless they let him in. Throughout the book, several
times, normally while Renfield is speaking whenever he refers to God he capitalizes his pronouns as
Christians would do when referring to God. When Lucy is brought in to the Un-Dead she rises from
the dead three days after she dies as Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. God has no
beginning and no one can explain how he came about ; there is the same idea with Dracula that he
(has been) and no one knows his beginning. God is looked at and referred to in the Bible as being the light which
symbolizes happiness or life. Dracula’s powers are limited in the daytime, during the light, and his
powers are stronger in the night, during darkness, which symbolizes evil. In the book, Dracula
moves to an old abandoned Church not used anymore which can show that God is no longer present which
would fulfill Dracula’s purpose of spreading evil. For those reasons I think that the book Dracula is
itself Anti-Christian and that the person Dracula could be easily considered the Anti-Christ.
2.)
The novel Dracula by Bram Stoker uses sexuality as an important part of vampirism.
The first major encounter of this is when Jonathan Harker sees the three vampire ladies at Castle
Dracula. As they walk about the room Jonathan notices one of them and spots her lips as being “voluptuous”, a word that
can be used to mean something that is desired. Jonathan desires these vampire women and