Essay: Comparing character and social status of Faust’s in Faust
Comparing character and social status of Faust’s in Faust by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe with Dr Van Helsing’s character and social status in Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Of importance to note is the fact the two men, Van Helsing and Faust, are well respected in the societies they live in. they are both doctors in their respective societies who are consulted when there is serious problem. The two men posses lots of determination even though they follow different faiths. Van Helsing is a very religious man whereas Faust does not believe in God in the beginning of the poem. The latter believes that he knows everything that has to be known in the world.
“God preserve my sanity, for to this I am reduced. Safety and the assurance of safety are things of the past” (Stoker 30). These words are said by Dr Van Helsing as he shows the reader that he has faith in God and thus he cannot be cowed by the presence of a Dracula in their midst. Van Helsing is an experienced man in the world of medicine who is also very much respected in the society. When he realizes that Lucy is a vampire, he does not have the courage of telling his partners, Dr. Seward and Mina the truth. This is attributed to the fact that he does not want to accept that there are vampires because he is a man of faith. He trusts in God and he does not want to accept that there are undead beings. His faith is emphasized more when he orders that the house of Lucy be covered with garlic, which is a traditional method of fending off vampires. He believes that vampires are evil spirits and thus they ought to be fought with faith.