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On the basis of a discussion of one or two passages explain why you think Stoker included Quincy Morris and Van Helsing in the Crew of Light.

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B) On the basis of a discussion of one or two passages explain why you think Stoker included Quincy Morris and Van Helsing in the Crew of Light. In the course of your answer, look closely at: o The effects of the presentation of the characters o Stoker's opinion of the Empire and foreigners o How the passages you have chosen contribute to the presentation of foreigners in the text as a whole. In Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula, we see the epic conflict between Dracula, the degenerate aristocrat, and the respectability of emerging middle class values represented in the Crew of Light. Two key members of this Crew of Light are Quincy Morris, the honourable and reliable soldier and Abraham Van Helsing, the master of things obscure and occult and the ice cool analyst. This essay will focus on the role and purpose of these two characters in Bram Stoker's novel. To do this I have selected two specific passages from the text of Dracula. The first passage is at p.50, and is a letter describing Quincy Morris. Lucy Westernera, a friend and suitor to Quincy, writes the letter. ...read more.

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Van Helsing and Quincy Morris become part of the more developed western stock as soon as their blood is transferred to Lucy. Stoker's theme of racial alliance is repeated in The Mystery of the Sea, although here an English hero is romantically partnered with an American heroine in opposition to a Spanish nobleman. The novel describes the search for a hoard of gold - hidden on the Scottish coast by an ancestor of the Spaniard. This detail, along with the American heroine's family descent from Sir Francis Drake, allows a contemporary political conflict to be readdressed as a matter of historical, racial and religious significance. The same theme of racial significance in The Mystery of the Sea is shown in Dracula but the matter is confronted in a much more subtle way. When this text was being written, there was much social confusion in Britain. Britain had just come through the industrial revolution and a new middle class was emerging, ready to challenge the elite stock. Rural aristocratic, bucolic attitudes were giving way to a more industrial, urban and aspirant middle class. I believe that Dracula can be seen to represent the dying aristocracy, unwilling to accommodate the newly formed middle class. ...read more.

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This is a Gothic historical analogy for a Gothic novel. In this essay I have discussed why Stoker has chosen to include the characters of Quincy Morris and Abraham Van Helsing. I believe I have found three main points that I will now reiterate in conclusion. Firstly, Stoker does not treat Quincy Morris as a foreigner, because there is nothing but his blood that separates him from the other British members of the Crew of Light. And his blood is transferred and mixed with the blood of the other members of the crew of light through the process of a transfusion, where any racial qualities encoded within the blood will have been diluted. Secondly, Stoker has chosen to present the occult as something that is not British, and he personifies this in the character of Van Helsing. This underlines the significance of foreignness as a theme in the novel. Finally, Van Helsing's foreign origin serves to politicise the conflict between Dracula as an invading foreigner and the intrinsic Englishness of the majority of the Crew of Light. Within this novel, these two characters form an integral part of Bram Stoker's purpose. Callum Anderson 1 ...read more.

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