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Is Dracula a racist novel?

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Is Dracula a racist novel? Racist- 1.the belief that race accounts for the differences in human character or ability race is superior to others 2.Discrimination or prejudice based on race. (1) The above description of racism describes most of Bram Stoker's Dracula novel. About a man moving to a different environment but finding out, that his presence is not welcome because of his differences. This is also the case in Richard Matheson's I am legend. Where one man is, the only human being left in the world and the rest are vampires. This story is the opposite of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. Even though Dracula tried to fit into the environment by reading up on it. The books were of the most Varied kind-history, geography, Politics, political economy, botany, geology, Law-all relating to England and English Life and customs and manners. (2) This shows that Dracula was so keen to fit in the English culture that he did not want to look different. ...read more.

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In I am legend Roberts appearance is different form the vampires so. He was a tall man, thirty-six, born of English-German stock, his features undistinguished except for the long, determined mouth and the bright blue of his eyes. (8) this could be another reason, which the vampires are after Robert. He is the only one who still has his natural looks unlike the diseased vampires. While Dracula's stay in England a woman named Lucy Westenra who sleep walks get found by one of her friends Mina Murray sitting on a bench with a dark figure with red eyes over Lucy. The Lucy becomes ill and pale and has two bite marks at her throat. Then after the illness she keeps on losing severe amounts of blood, finally dies, and becomes a vampire. Therefore, her own friends kill her. Yet, they blame Dracula because he is new in England and from another country, they blame him for the killings. However, they actually killed her. ...read more.

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For all the murders in England, there has not been one with full 100% evidence that Dracula committed them. Yet is still blamed. Bram Stoker was Irish and this book is about English people treated and reacting to other cultures. This book could show the real England and the racism in England in the past. Robert Neville is the last man on Earth... but he is not alone. Every man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville's blood. (14) Bram Stoker's Dracula is not the only novel showing racism in vampire stories, their a many films and other novels, such as the film 'From Dusk till Dawn', where the 'normal good guys' are the Americans and the Mexicans are the 'evil' vampires. From Bram Stokers Dracula and Richard Matheson's I am legend, it can be seen that not all countries are welcomed in different countries as Dracula and Robert Neville was treated differently in the different environments. Shiraz KHAN Is Dracula a racist novel? Page 1 of 6 Candidate number: 7177 ...read more.

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