Hints for Reading... Dracula by Bram Stoker - Carla Aira - ebook

Guide to make students approach Bram Stoker's masterpiece. It contains historical and literary background of the author's period and a brief analysis of the novel: plot, setting, sources, characters, commentary and notes.

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Hints for Reading ... Dracula by Bram Stoker

notes by carla aira

John Henry Fuseli, The Nightmare (1781)

Victorian England - history

historical background

The Victorian period was called so after Victoria of Hanover, who was Queen of Great Britain from 1837 until 1901 and who embodied the success of industrial England (Christal Palace Exhibition of 1851) and of its colonial expansion (Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India in 1877). Queen Victoria set the pattern for a life of external conformity and dignified standard of fear of being rejected by society if one broke its strict moral codes. In the second half of the century the technological an scientific discoveries and the theories on the origin of man (Charles Darwin, The origin of the Species) set a new mode of reasoning that challenged the role of religion and the authority of the Bible, offering a rational explanation for everything. Side by side with people conscious of the new atmosphere were authors who put themselves at the centre of their own world and called it beauty, making of Beauty their Goddess, their faith and their defence from the ugliness of Industrial England.
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