Homosexuality In The Novel Carmilla

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Extermination and Assimilation Laura’s illness has gotten worse and then other people realize how her dreams are not only dreams. Her dreams or rather, her nightmares that people told her not to be afraid of, were actual part of the illness. The source of Laura’s illness is found when a doctor finds marks of vampire bites upon Laura which frightens them that such a creature exists. The doctor mentions how about a female vampire and then Carmilla’ true identity was revealed. As people later find out Carmilla’s true identity as Mircalla and as a vampire, they are disgusted and they revolt against her. People open up her grave to destroy her because she is viewed as a monster in their society: “The body, therefore, in accordance with the ancient practice, was raised, and a sharp stake driven through the heart of the vampire, who uttered a piercing shriek at the moment, in all respects such as might escape from a living person in the last agony” (Le Fanu 96). The execution of Carmilla is stressed upon because it results in how it is thought that…show more content…
Homosexuality throughout the novel has been shown to be submissive to heterosexuality as Laura’s homosexual desires never really go away, but rather the female vampire Carmilla is removed from society. Laura is assumed to assimilate into social norms as she does not have any other homosexual relationship with anyone else. Carmilla is exterminated by the villagers staking her, the homosexual thoughts in Laura’s mind still remains as Laura thinks back to Carmilla. The idea of homosexuality is not exactly destroyed as it still remains, but is simply repressed by the affirmation of heterosexuality. As the female vampire Carmilla brings upon instability through the use of homosexual panic, the staking of the vampire is important as it helps reserves the nature of Victorian family households with a male head following with a female
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