12-17-2007 01:49 PM
The obvious example and the one Bram uses is the bat, which can funnel sound waves to a sharp point, and, who resembles the earth with its simultaneous, rapid and "chance" formation. The bat is the earth, and their "presences" support creationism.
12-18-2007 03:20 PM - edited 12-18-2007 04:10 PM
Marraige is rooted in tradition and duty, and modern living can produce its own unique forces which can consume the union. Modern society continues to debate same sex or alternate forms of marraiges- its as if forces, perhaps from the past, continue to overpower and affect modern relationships. Many authors of the Victorian era viewed marraige as something that would become problematic for future generations. Most didn't know why group marraiges or same sex marraiges wouldn't work, or perhaps they existed, but people weren't aware of them- "married to their friends", so to speak.
PS- Women's rights were part of the "modern woman" movement. Activists, such as Susan B Anthony, would create a force which would affect the women and men of future generations. The question is if women's rights were something that began with the "suffragette" movement or if they were a result of other forces prior to the time- that is, if you're following along the "Dracula" way of thinking. But I think women libbers and readers of Dracula have to ask themselves if women's rights may have been created by Dracula himself. And remember--both Mina and Lucy had difficulty dispelling the new force of the modern woman, and attempted to assert their own wills- albeit, in different ways....
I think this is turning into Moby Dick, it's about time to move on...
Message Edited by chad on 12-18-2007 04:10 PM
12-20-2007 06:35 PM
12-27-2007 10:30 AM
So I would have left it at the above passage, but something compelled me not to do so. Remember that the earth is an individual and we are the physical manifestations of its forces, forces which are also affected by the sun and the moon. Forces can negate each other- force meets counterforce, and perhaps a tiger attack might be something more understandable, but no less tragic. Also remember that, in a Dracula world, the debate is not necsessarily whether God created the earth, as it is more a debate over will and influence. Are we more influenced by the will of the earth? Or are we more influenced by the will of the sun, the moon or God?
01-08-2008 12:35 PM - edited 01-08-2008 01:08 PM
Time periods, like our beliefs, faith and love, seem to emanate from something axiomatic, or what is the truth. We tend to encapsulate periods of time almost to sharp points- hmmmm... I don't want to say like the teeth of Dracula, but I have to say that there were probably some things I could leave behind in each era, things I wish would last forvever, but things which modernization might make obsolete. My feeling was, as I walked by "gaudy but accurately designed" hotels of the decades, that I may have lived in something fabricated. So, is "reality" or "the truth", the 50's, 60's or 70's? Or is the truth something undefinable, but something which exists, like the center of the star of the hotel atrium, or more broadly, like the axes of the earth, the sun, and the moon?
Message Edited by chad on 01-08-2008 01:08 PM
01-11-2008 12:56 PM
01-12-2008 11:45 AM - edited 01-12-2008 11:49 AM
PS-Bram was also involved in the theater I think.
Message Edited by chad on 01-12-2008 11:49 AM
01-14-2008 12:05 PM - edited 01-14-2008 12:30 PM
The other example might be time. Numbers, 1 through 12, represent a specific time of day, and collectively, represent the earth's rotation. Interestingly, our time is not "real time." Real time starts at the inception of our universe. "Our" time is dependent upon our revolution about the sun. It's almost as if a separate reality was created by our solar system, and, we are perhaps more removed from reality or "real" time by numerical representation in the form of a watch or clock-- a circle with two sharp points emanating from the center, by the way. So, Stoker presents a society that "lives", but lives almost separate from "picture perfect" moments or views which we find in postcards(characters take note of views throughout, and I think the latest Dracula movie does well with this effect). Moreover, physicists had difficulty seeing outside our own time, or our own reality, a little later.
Message Edited by chad on 01-14-2008 12:30 PM
01-15-2008 11:09 AM