Personality In Dracula And The Clansman By Bram Stoker

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Wilhelm Reich once wrote “A little man does not know he is little and is afraid to know. He hides his pettiness and narrowness behind illusions of strength and greatness”(). So then, what does that say about societies that hide their pettiness and narrowness between the covers of time-honored works of literature? Axiomatically, one must deduce that such social orders are cast within a matrix of irrational fears. Phobias that in maturation bring forth the illusion of greatness and strength by reactionary hostility, hatred, and violence. Further, to make mainstream hate more palatable it is interwoven into indoctrinations of morality and values: faith, patriotism, and family. These calculated perversions of values are expressed throughout Bram Stoker’s Dracula as well as its fortuitous reconstruction, The Clansman by Thomas Dixon Jr. An analysis of alterity as portrayed in both Dracula and The Clansman reveals congruent invisible empires of systemic cultural oppression erected upon the foundations of white supremacy, religiosity, and patriarchy.…show more content…
Scrutiny of the methods used to express and shape consciousness through literature is an invaluable means to reveal and understand the socio-cognitive perspectives of this period. Subsequently, leading the audience to find the salient dogmatisms of the era utterly saturated with racial partiality and xenophobia. Defying distance of decay and even the divine spark of reason, such ideologies being uncontested, allowed for institutions of intolerance to metastasize even in societies far removed from one
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