The attack on Dracula on pages 363 to 366 is one of the turning points in the book, it is the first time where the hunting group discover, due to the professors intellect that Dracula is fearful of something. In these pages Dracula changes from a fearless animal, into a being with a weakness. The use of money in this section is very important. It’s ridiculing the fact that every human being is a slave to money, and at the fundamental point in Dracula’s fate, he is surrounded by what rules everyone human. It’s ironic that the hunters burn the money. They are now more in control of themselves than Dracula is of his future. Also in this scene, there are more of the binary opposites that Stoker loves to play with in Dracula. Dracula is a patent
miss-mash of female and male personas, he never is either one at once, but wont stick with one for very long at all. This is partly why he is the outcast or unsettled being he is. Also, Stoker is toying with the reader, changing their emotions towards Dracula from nervous, to savage, to rage, to sympathy, to fear and then onto anxiety when we read that he is actually in fear, and his hunters are actually more powerful than him.
In chapter 15 Atticus stops and disperses an angry mob of townsfolk who are after Atticus’s client, he does this with the at first unwanted help of his children. He quite specifically told them to stay at home, but if they hadn’t taken it upon themselves to decide to disobey their father, then the outcome of the night’s event wouldn’t have been so peaceful. Despite being in complete control of his children, Atticus isn’t in control of the mob, his Gem and Scout are, and it is their innocence that shames the crowd, especially Mr. Cunningham, into leaving the scene because they are too humiliated, maybe too embarrassed to now carryout what they were planning to do.
The innocence of a little girl overpowers the aggression of a mob of irate and aggressive men. Harper uses the fact that the men know what they’re doing is wrong, and the smallest thing would topple their nerves. That smallest thing was Scout and her age is miniature in comparison to her power. The reader is encouraged to have sympathy for both groups in this scene; the men in the mob have been humiliated, and probably demoralised. Whilst at the same time a continued sympathy is present from the wrongly accused Tom Robinson.
Is Dracula portrayed as heroic for breaking society’s taboos? I don’t know. Dracula represents a different part of everyone. He is representative of the nasty side of everyone that resents another person for an ability that he or she has, but unlike the rest of us, he simply deprives them. ‘How many times have you wanted to kill, everything and everyone, you say you’ll do it but never will’. A quote not from either texts, but fitting to Dracula’s way of life.
I am at a disadvantage; I don’t find Dracula seductive or representative of anything other than a haemophile. But I know from my time studying Dracula that he is a lot of different things to each reader, depending of their recent experience and views on life, sex and relationships. But for his physical taboo braking, he is definitely a self-motivated innovator; he’s not out to shock, because in his life there isn’t anyone to shock. We should definitely admire him for his self-earned confidence. Being Irish, Stoker felt the un-pretty end of the British discrimination and bias towards her neighbours. Maybe he wrote Dracula to represent the prejudice against his county, woman and so on. He would have maybe wanted to make Dracula heroic or powerful to remove the label of backwardness from his country.
Is Atticus portrayed as heroic for breaking society’s taboos? Maybe he should be seen as heroic for the good things he was doing for his towns race relations (to put a modern label on it) but that would be conforming, conforming just like the rest of his town were doing before Atticus brought justices to the Afro-American people that surrounded him. Certainly to me, he didn’t come across as a hero, but nor did Dracula. I think this is because of the modern-day pop-culture meaning of the word. No one in this day and age thinks of anyone as a hero unless his or her life has been save in an extraordinary event. And I as the reader haven’t been affected at all by either. Harper might have wanted Atticus to be viewed as an heroic character because of what Atticus is an image of. He is to be seen trend setting, accepting, befriending and helping Negro’s.
We should to look to when the book was written. The 1960’s. What would Harper be saying about her surroundings? What would be happening in 1960’s America that would influence her writing? Well, the basic subjects in the book are racial acceptance and unity. She would have been hearing through the news all about M L K and the peaceful black movement for equality. Is Atticus representative of god, trying to hand the white ruled world, the honest black man who wants to live his life with them even after all that the white man has done to him? Is Atticus a metaphor? It’s a possibility.