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Dracula Historical Context

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Historical Context

Organized Religion in the Victorian Age

The Victorian Age witnessed both a rising and falling in the popularity of organized religion. When religious activity was at its peak, it was pervasive. Morality and religion—especially the Christian religion—infused all aspects of life. Stoker's use of Christian elements such as a cross and a eucharist wafer as weapons against the evil Dracula underscores this idea. However, by the end of the century, when Stoker wrote Dracula, the moral compass was not as clear, and many people experienced a crisis in their religious faith. This was due in large part to the publication of several scientific works that challenged conventional notions of religion. One of the most famous of these was Charles Darwin's Origin of Species (1859).

Sexuality in the Victorian Age

In many ways, the Victorian Age was paradoxical. On the outside, men and women strove to...

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