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  1. Now why does the Coursera genie not give me essays like this to read…??! It's wonderful! Plus, since I am already working on Frankenstein, I can see so many great connections between the themes you have raised here, worked out in terms of geopolitics, with some similar themes about identity and humanity in Frankenstein, but without the explicit geopolitical framework. Thanks for sharing your essay!
    Laura Gibbs´s last blog post ..Uncommunicative Communication

    1. Thanks Laura.

      I think you can tie some of those issues in to Frankenstein too, but at the moment I'm thinking more about a responsibility theme, or maybe the allusions of Milton's Paradise Lost. But I haven't read that since I did my leaving cert exams, and even then it wasn't the whole poem, so we'll see.
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  2. I'm glad I read this essay. I noticed a thread on the forum about xenophobia in Dracula, and I didn't really pay much attention to it past the first few posts because I was busy. It's interesting to hear something intelligent on the subject. :) If I were to have written an essay, I think I would have considered the problem of whether the book was sexist of feminist. Outwardly it's sexist, of course, but I couldn't help thinking (as I drove for hours listening to the book) that Mina is clearly the most intelligent character in the book, as well as the most important character for tracking down Dracula. She's also the most technologically advanced character. Maybe we're supposed to be rolling our eyes every time her "man brain with woman's heart" was mentioned. ;)
    Rachel´s last blog post ..Dracula

    1. I always find the "sexist or not" discussions forget that just because a character espouses something doesn't mean the author means or believes that too :) And, as you say, Mina is one of the most prominent characters. And when the men treat her as an equal and include her their plans work. Whereas when they treat her as an inferior woman bad things happen. So is Stoker saying that women are equal to men in that?

      It is certainly an argument that *could* be made.
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