Prof. Westengard | O628 | Fall 2022

Blog 8 Cindy R.

During the late 1920s and early 1930s significant social and political shifts taken place due to the Great Depression which threatens many people jobs, savings, farms, and homes when the economy crashed, however the film industry has gain audience. The film industry was great entertainment for people also it portrays propaganda in many films. Dracula by Bram Stroker establish as a novel then films portray many versions of its main character as horror to society. Dracula represents the Victorian fear of societal progress which symbolize medical, religion, legal aspects, and sexual nature as well early ideas of feminism and scientific thought. It addresses the general anxiety in Western culture of the lack of control that comes with societal progress, a type of change that can positively influence and improve the quality of life in societies. The Film were portraying how the Great depression symbolize society’s fears, anxieties, and conflict which were how people felt when they lost everything during hardest time in American history. People were challenged to face their fears and to protect the ones they love which is what Dracula express with all its characters. Dracula’s looks and demeanor were very inviting, and the movie were sending a message to people to not be so ignorant when it comes strangers. The film shows how society were very accepting and kind towards unknown people and can be tricked, which symbolize what cause the Great Depression due to greed, corruption and selfishness. 

1 Comment

  1. Laura Westengard

    I appreciate your point that “The film shows how society were very accepting and kind towards unknown people and can be tricked, which symbolize what cause the Great Depression due to greed, corruption and selfishness.” I hadn’t thought about the connection between the *causes* of the depression and the vampire’s greed and seduction! 

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