Author Archives: Cat C

Dracula: Scientific Method (?)

Expanding on my first Dracula blog post; I want to return to Stoker’s exposure to new science and its influence upon his writing. As I mentioned before, Stoker was well-aware of germ theory and other such budding scientific explorations as well as had family members involved in medical science; which, I believe, he may very […]

Dracula: Good & Evil

A prevalent symbolic aspect in Dracula is to be found in the Good and Evil spectrum of the novel. There is an eternal struggle between the virtuous and the dark, wicked worlds. Van Helsing has a rather profound quote which lends into this nicely: “-they cannot die, but must go on age after age adding new […]

Dracula: The Importance of Blood

“blood is too precious a thing in these days of dishonorable peace; and the -glories of the great races are as a tale that is told.” Blood is one of the most blatant motifs of Dracula; referring to family lineage, sexuality, mythology, and blood’s significance in Victorian times (besides the obvious, of course). Early in […]

British Museum

I love cameo (really any old-fashioned)  jewelry so when I saw a display of them at the British Museum I was very excited! The ornate and intricate details are astounding. These pieces are prime examples of the decadence of the Victorian age. (Queen Victoria was the principal figure in popularizing the style of jewelry.) The […]

Dorian Gray: Art & Morality

Today in class, there was a discussion about how Wilde saw his life as art and believed everyone should view their lives in this way, a belief that of course manifests in his novel. Wilde uses Dorian’s portrait as a way to introduce ‘art as life’ and the amorality of the concept while Lord Henry […]

The Picture of Dorian Gray: Transformation

Transformation is of course a major theme of Dorian Gray (along with debauchery, love-obsession, aestheticism, narcissism…among many more which feed into this central theme). Within the first ten chapters of the novel the reader senses a fundamental shift in Dorian. At the beginning, he radiates innocence and simplicity but after his fling with Sybil and […]

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Problem

Sherlock Holmes was an established icon in Victorian society, so at the end of ‘The Final Problem‘, there was a great deal of outrage and upset over Holmes’ “death.” The Strand, the magazine the stories appeared in, lost a great number of its readership which shows the extent of the impact Doyle’s stories had upon […]