Van Helsing Symbolism In Dracula

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One of the folk legends and traditions Van Helsing draws upon suggest that the most sufficient weapon used while trying to combat supernatural evil are symbols of divine good. The symbols that Helsing uses in the fight against Dracula take form of the icons of Christian Faith. In the novel, a crucifix is used to “shield” the human life from Dracula when he attempts to kill them. In chapter 21, Dracula lunges to attack Van Helsing and the men and this is when Christian icons appear in the novel; “Van Helsing brandishes a holy wafer, and the men advance with their crucifixes. Dracula draws back, and the room is enveloped in darkness as a cloud obscures the moon. He becomes mist and escapes.” (Chapter 21- Dracula) Throughout the novel we discover
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