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degenerate characteristics of dracula

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Degenerate Characters of Dracula

In the novel, Dracula, Bram Stoker puts together a variety of characters with several characteristics that are unique and somewhat alike in many ways. One way that some of the characters are similar is that they show signs of being a degenerate. A degenerate is a person who has sunk below a former or normal condition and lost normal or higher qualities. These people most likely have mentally and sometimes physically become deteriorated to the point where they no longer can think and function as a normal person would. Two characters in the novel that stand out as degenerates are Dracula and Renfield. Both are degenerates in their own ways and also have characteristics that are in some ways the same. They follow most of the traits that degenerates contain and portray it throughout the novel.
The best way to imagine a degenerate person would be to think of people on death roe in prison. The ones that aren’t remorseful for what they did, and could care less about what others think. They do not know what is right from wrong, and even if one tried to explain it to them, they couldn’t figure it out. Degenerates have no common sense, let alone a functioning brain. They are most definitely missing a few screws in there heads. These two characters of Dracula and Renfield both have a lot of these traits that degenerates consist of.
Dracula most definitely contains degenerate characteristics throughout the novel. He has a lack of compassion for people’s well being, and has signs of selfishness. Vampires fit under the degenerate theme very well. How he became a vampire we are not sure, although Van Helsing calls him King-Vampire, because of his consistency and power driven obsessions towards his cravings. His powers include a wide range of abilities in which some are beyond the powers of the other vampires or immortal people in the novel. Degenerates are predestined to crime and don’t know why it is wrong. Van Helsing wrote of Dracula by saying, "The Count is a criminal and of criminal type. Nordau and Lombroso would so classify him, and qua criminal he is of imperfectly formed mind" (Stoker chapter 28). With all his killings and bites he proceeds on people, Dracula fights the degenerate theme.
Renfield as well has qualities and characteristics of degenerates throughout the novel. Renfield was taken under the care of Dr.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that bram stoker's novel, dracula, features a variety of degenerate characters that are unique and somewhat similar in many ways.
  • Opines that the best way to imagine a degenerate person would be to think of people on death roe in prison. they aren't remorseful for what they did, and could care less about what others think.
  • Analyzes how dracula contains degenerate characteristics throughout the novel. he has a lack of compassion for people's well-being, and has signs of selfishness.
  • Analyzes how renfield has qualities and characteristics of degenerates throughout the novel. he was taken under the care of dr. seward so that he can watch and notice his tendencies.
  • Analyzes how renfield was obsessed with his cravings for other animals. he followed the idea of what most degenerates do.
  • Analyzes how bram stoker wrote about dracula and renfield with traits of degenerates. both men were insane and out of control at times, but they also went through times of ease and normality.
  • Explains that the world wrestling federation group called the "degeneration x" is the most wildest group of all the professional wrestlers in the league.
  • Analyzes how the degeneration x appear to be out of control and care only about themselves. they are sick individuals that have no use in their brains or how to function properly.
  • Analyzes how bram stoker's dracula has degenerate characteristics. both individuals are twisted in the mind and proceed to do wrong doings, even after being told not to.
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