Dracula wanted his victims to feel the way that he feels with staying alive forever and not dying. However, it was unlikely that anyone would kill Dracula especially in a country such as England which the doctor explained. The doctor let this be known when he assumed, “The strength of the vampire is that people will not believe in him” (Browning). The doctor knew that people were unlikely to kill Dracula in England because people did not think that the myth of a vampire could be true. The Doctor knew that English people did not believe that the folklores were true but the doctor believed in the folklores and knew that the stories of Dracula were true.
To Victorians, the characters and actions within Dracula were very scandalous. For example, the exchange of blood. During this time period, the exchange of blood was seen as an intimate task between two people. In the beginning of the novel, Lucy Westenra is a victim of Dracula as he regularly consumed her blood. It was decided that Lucy wasn’t doing very well and she needed a blood transfusion.
Throughout the novel, Stoker keeps Count Dracula in the shadows, both literally and figuratively. This essay will describe these appearances and analyze Stoker’s use of them to determine what effect they might have on the impression of the character and the novel overall. It will be claimed that by keeping his title character hidden for much of the novel, Stoker’s Dracula is made much more frightening to the reader. Human beings tend to fear the unknown, and by leaving Dracula to the imagination,
Many of the stories written during the Gothic Era include supernatural creatures like vampires, werewolves, and witches. Along with supernatural creatures, paranormal activity was introduced during this period. Dracula includes many supernatural beings that play an important role in the story. Dracula is about a vampire named Count Dracula. At the time, people didn't much about supernatural creatures.
This sheds a light on Dracula as a figure who truly does feel homosexual affection towards Harker. When Harker disobeys Dracula he finds himself in a room where Dracula’s three wives are. Harker journal entry recalling this event describes it in very close details. He describes the women in a very erotic way, saying “I could feel the hot breath on my neck. Then the skin of my throat began to tingle” (Stoker, 48), and the “soft shivering touch of lips.”(48) He then says that as he waiting he felt “ecstasy” as their “fair cheeks, blazing red with passion” (48) descended upon him.
Fifty years later, Sheridan Le Fanu gave the world its first favorite female vampire in Carmilla, which he published in 1872. In Carmilla, a young woman falls prey to a vampire in an isolated castle. Sound familiar? Scholars have noted many similarities between Carmilla and Bram Stoker 's vampire masterpiece, Dracula, which followed twenty-five years later. By the time Dracula was published, the reading public was steeped in vampire tales.
The use of love and seduction has been a great weakness for man since the beginning of time. Dracula and his lovers use seduction to draw in their defenseless prey for their feasting. An instance of this happens when Dr. Van Helsing and Mina Harker take their way approaching Count Dracula’s castle. On the way there, night time grows closer so they restfor the night. Smartly enough Van Helsing makes a circle of wafer crumbs around them to keep them safe from the devilish spirits that roam the lands around them.
According to the book “The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers” by Harold Schechter, outstanding strong sex desires and sometimes including having sex intercourse with the dead has been found in murderers which has driven them in committing their serial killing. They might also start just from as a peeping tom which develops stronger lust into rape and eventually to murder. In one of serial killing cases, the brutal biting of the victim’s breast satisfied the killer thus swelling lust for control, domination and possession as well as his almost wild needs to inflict a physically damaging wound with instruments as intimate as his lips, tongue and teeth (Douglas, 1989; Keppel & Birnes, 1997). At times the presence of craving for power might also be one of the factor but it is just that sex is what’s dominant. The captivity activities has shown a real sense of control and a blast of superiority over the victims, as if the act of captivity itself was the objective correlative to the allegory of humiliating death that aroused the killer’s deepest sexual passions (Keppel & Birnes, 1997).
By all accounts he doesn’t seem to be caring or loving, like one would be lead to believe by the title “Lover”. Instead we are imbued with a sense that the man is more like his former title of “Demon”. As with our last assertion, we get most of our information from young Kathleen. Her description of her fiance was something of a nightmare; Someone with “...intimidating looks…”, cold eyes, without feeling, and that she wished him gone (Bowen 1408). If this description is not enough, she also speaks of an ordeal that has to do with his physical behavior.
Both enjoyed the pleasures in life but due to society’s intolerance and xenophobia both were outcasted.Despite homosexuality was condemned as evil, it was still widespread. People began to hide their dark desires, and their misdeeds, while presenting a respectable face tot he public. The publication of the novel scandalized Victorian England. Oscar Wlde’s audience reaction clearly demontrate that this novel was