An Analysis of the Unvoiced Villain and Sex Undertones in Dracula Most readings of Dracula have covered an emphasis on the theme of sexuality, about homoeroticism, blood-transmitted disease, new women of the Victorian era, and perverse sexual practices. These subjects at the repressed Victoria era, as well as sexuality, were considered to be unspeakable in the public sphere. Women were required to be faithful to men; and sex between men was illegal. Yet Stoker’s text serves more than bringing up the taboo of discussing sexuality at that time. His narrative not only has greatly contributed to the partially concealed sexual undertones, but also has expressed the British Empire’s colonial anxiety of contamination by “the others”.
Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter tells the story of the life of Hester Prynne an adulteress forced to wear a Scarlet “A” on her bosom by the sinister Puritan society to mark her shame. As her husband seeks revenge for the unidentified lover, Arthur Dimmesdale stays wracked with guilt. The Scarlet Letters symbolism and use of allusions, metaphors, setting, irony, diction, and varied tone helps to unwrap the characters throughout the novel. Hawthornes motives for writing the The Scarlet Letter was to show how women can be equally as strong and independent as men as men can also be morally weak. Hawthorne uses his abilities to weave tone, mood, and style all into one story questioning his purpose of this tragic tale of shame and redemption.
Women must hide their skin, and they are taught to be ashamed of their sexuality. When Asayesh complains, “The men aren 't hot,” to a woman on the Caspian Sea’s shore, the woman’s companion is shocked. “Sister, this isn 't about men and women…this is about Islam,” she says. (188) However, that is fallacious: these rules cause Asayesh to feel ashamed and conscious of her bare skin. For example, by wearing a skimpy scarf, she risks “being accused of stepping on the blood of the martyrs who died in the war with Iraq.” (187) Paragraph 11 compares sex with Islam, “the veil masks erotic freedom, but it advocates believe hijab transcends the erotic-or expands it…where I come from, people are more likely to find delirious passion in the mosque than in the bedroom” (188).
Are these films love stories about men liberating women, or are they exercises in misogyny? The truth is, they are different films, made for different audiences, and when compared, the misogynistic contrast is evident between eras. The Taming Of The Shrew, filmed in 1967 by Franco Zeffirelli , depicts the extreme sexism of a classic William Shakespeare romance. Following the life of Katharina Minola, Zeffirelli’s film explores several themes, such as power, love, femininity, masculinity, dowry and relationships, all of which are prevalent in misogyny, when being displayed in the film. The plot generally stays true to the original text written by William Shakespeare in the 1590’s, and in this time the behaviours that are now considered misogynistic, were considered normal.
The presentation by Janna, Ashley, Joey, and Amber described the effects of Romanticism through their powerpoint and role play game. Through Emma’s early life, marriage, and affairs, Flaubert criticizes Romanticism. These ideals just created an illusion for Emma about what life should be like, constantly making her unhappy, restless, and bored. The book was seen as obscene because the content truly exposed the consequences of vice and adultery. To Emma, her affairs seemed like the perfect way to escape from her mediocre life and mundane marriage.
For our required novel this semester, we read A Tale of Two Cities. This novel was published in 1859 when music wasn’t nearly as large of an industry as it is now. As something that is constantly changing, but listened to all of the world, music is said to be the universal language. It can be played during all times, happy, sad or indifferent, and on all occasions. Keeping this in mind, music is constantly changing and that was no different almost 160 years ago in 1859.
The original rendition is said to have been told to convey two morals: the first, warned female readers against the dangers of curiosity; the second, warned husbands against expecting the impossible from their wives (Sheets 1991:643). Carter has however adapted the original story to appeal to the modern reader and provide some personal commentary on social issues. She also gave it her own controversial twist, by making the husband a murderer, and what some might refer to as a pervert. As Sheets accurately states, “Carter situates the story in the tradition of aesthetic sadomasochism” (Sheets 1991:643). Throughout the story the heroine notices various erotic art forms in the castle.
2.1 Sexuality in A Rebour Des Esseintes’ sexuality is traversed by multiple episodes with actresses, singers and prostitutes, but is altered by his neurosis; the artificial woman being superior to the natural woman. Des Esseintes becomes repulsed by the natural woman as he depicts them as “repulsive foods” (Huysmans 33), his tedium ending in lethargy and impotence (Huysmans). His appeal towards the artificiality in technology in sexuality is, among other things, depicted in his comparison of the human body of a woman to a
He creates two couples, each couple consisting of a ‘light’ and ‘heavy’ individual, and by comparing them, he is able to explore their reach into areas such as love, politics, art, and psychology. The book starts by establishing its philosophical context and challenges Nietzsche’s concept of eternal return: the idea that the universe has been recurring, and will continue to recur for an infinite number of times. Nietzsche thought eternal return was das schwerste Gewicht, or ‘the heaviest weight’, and said the endless repetition of life is what gives our lives a sense of weight. This concept is opposed by an interpretation of the German proverb einmal ist keinmal, meaning whatever happens only once might as well not happen at all. Each person has only one life to live and the events within life also occur only once and never again, thus the ‘lightness’ of being.
A poem is a highly organised use of language. It is a complex of many patterns that interact in an endless process of imaginative possibility. There is always a speaker and an audience and they are connected intricately. If the speaker takes the form of the audience it becomes highly meditative. The connection between the speaker and the reader is Whitman tries to revolutionise “For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you... Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems.” Whenever one thinks of authors who have written on humankind, nature, God, and the cosmos in numerous works of poetry and prose, one often comes across one of the most fecund writer, Aurobindo.
The use of different wrong doings allows readers to view the abuse displayed in the 1800’s. However, many others and I can attest to the novel not encompassing the dilemma of abuse enough. The men, converting it into an ideal, romanticize the abuse of women. The men are envious that Janie takes her abuse so quietly. The concept of maltreatment is made to seem common in normal life.
Candy also says that he “seen her give Carlson the eye” and “give Slim the eye” this gives the impression that she really is promiscuous and flirtatious. Steinbeck is often criticized as he wants the reader to feel sympathetic towards female characters in his books but yet he always gives them the role of a whore or a housewife. Steinbeck does this to show what society viewed women as and he exaggerates
In the tale Monty Python The Quest For The Holy Grail there are many themes found that are commonly known in medieval literature. Though in this tale you will find these themes to be a bit different from that of what you would expect. Here you will find common knightly behavior to be mocked and used to bring about comedy in the tale. You will find the role of women to also be mocked in that they are being used to please men among their sexual desires and not just of servant use. The characteristics of a noble quest will be found mocked along with the role of religion.
Hamlet’s misogyny is not the result sexual repression , but rather his environment and the interactions with women. Ernest Jones argues that Hamlet’s misogyny stems from the sexual repression of Gertrude and Ophelia. The main point of Ernest Jones’ article “ Tragedy and the Mind of the Infant” is that Hamlet is in love with his mother. He roots Hamlet 's misogyny in Gertrude and Ophelia rejecting him sexually.“When sexual repression is highly pronounced,