The Remembrance of Mr. Morris

Throughout Dracula, we see that there is a big overarching concept of religion and Christianity as well as the themes of good and evil. There is an emphasis on crucifixion and rosaries in the novel, where crucifixions are a way to rid vampires.  This can be seen when Jonathan goes to meet with Dracula and later has to use a crucifix that the was given to protect himself from the Count, and or evil.  This can show that using the power of religion through crucification can be used to turn away any evil.  Another imagery is Blood, where blood can be seen as to heal oneself and rebirth.  This is also why Dracula is seen as evil, because in order to gain youthfulness and power, his thirst for blood simply takes away one’s life.  Dracula repeats, “blood is life” multiple times, thus giving him sustenance, power, and strength. 

At the very end of Dracula, the passage shows them at the Counts coffin, where Jonathan cuts off his head and Mr. Morris stabs him in the heart.  As they finally kill Dracula, they have successfully succeeded over evil and save Mina.  In doing so, Mr. Morris gets injured helping Mina, where he then sacrifices his life, “It was worth this to die!” (401). This whole passage gives a good look at religion in Dracula, where the “men sank on their knees and a deep and earnest ‘Amen’ Broke from all,” (401), as the mark on her forehead leaves. Self sacrificing is found when one puts their own life on the line in order to save others and thus Mr. Morris died a “gallant gentleman,” (401). 

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  1. I agree with your depiction of the use of religion and Dracula and the what I means to the text. There is obviously are very clear picture of how Dracula is evil and how he is a monster. I feel a large part of why his weakness is the crucifix among other Christian objects is because of the clear connection between the Victorian period and the Christian church. This is because Dracula has a lot of characteristics which include many traits that would be unwelcome in Victorian England.

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