Relationship between science and religion in Dracula?

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I am doing a presentation on how science and religion is related in victorian novels and I know that Dracula is an example.
I know there are religious and scientific elements in Dracula, I just don't know how to relate them into a common idea... any ideas??

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Hello. A key thing here with science is the duality of the concept of the 'blood' in Dracula being something scientifically that Victorians were fascinated about linking to race and potency, as well as the historic (blue blood of the aristocrat) and that of the blood linking to spirituality being purity, insanity and corruption. Another key concept would be the role of Abraham Van Helsing in the story. He is a renowned scientific professor and doctor, but an expert in the paranormal and religious; Van Helsing is a metaphor of scientific enlightenment mixed with the old world view that religion and the paranormal dominate day to day lives. Also research the concepts of anthropology, of the Anglo-Supremacy towards Eastern culture (scientifically that Western-Saxon descended nations were racially superior to that of non-Saxon derived cultures), the concepts of physiognomy (that the way someone looks (their race, ethnicity for example) and their class determines what type of person they are - Harker thinks all the Wallachian's are strange and ugly based on their appearance and their Roman Catholic beliefs are silly. He also believes Dracula to at first be a gentleman and inviting man based upon his pleasant physical aesthetics and his noble class, Victorians truly believed in the concept of physiognomy being an accurate science to see into someone's soul; but the spiritual physical elements/contrasting images of Dracula's fang like teeth and claw like hands (gypsy religious belief that hands in particular were a window into the soul contradict the scientific ideals that Victorians have of physiognomy).

These are but a few ideas for you. Best of luck with the question
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Hello. A key thing here with science is the duality of the concept of the 'blood' in Dracula being something scientifically that Victorians were fascinated about linking to race and potency, as well as the historic (blue blood of the aristocrat) and that of the blood linking to spirituality being purity, insanity and corruption. Another key concept would be the role of Abraham Van Helsing in the story. He is a renowned scientific professor and doctor, but an expert in the paranormal and religious; Van Helsing is a metaphor of scientific enlightenment mixed with the old world view that religion and the paranormal dominate day to day lives. Also research the concepts of anthropology, of the Anglo-Supremacy towards Eastern culture (scientifically that Western-Saxon descended nations were racially superior to that of non-Saxon derived cultures), the concepts of physiognomy (that the way someone looks (their race, ethnicity for example) and their class determines what type of person they are - Harker thinks all the Wallachian's are strange and ugly based on their appearance and their Roman Catholic beliefs are silly. He also believes Dracula to at first be a gentleman and inviting man based upon his pleasant physical aesthetics and his noble class, Victorians truly believed in the concept of physiognomy being an accurate science to see into someone's soul; but the spiritual physical elements/contrasting images of Dracula's fang like teeth and claw like hands (gypsy religious belief that hands in particular were a window into the soul contradict the scientific ideals that Victorians have of physiognomy).

These are but a few ideas for you. Best of luck with the question
Hi,
Sorry for the late reply, thank you so much for your answer; it has really helped me understand the link between science and religion now!
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