Lucy is a sexualized being who ends up being transformed into a vampire and dying because of the men she thought she has able to trust. They believed it was in her best interest to keep her in the dark about what was happening to her. As Lucy is on her death bed, she states “How good they all are to me. I quite love that dear Dr. Van Helsing. I wonder why he was so anxious about these flowers.
Another noteworthy example of the way Stoker’s lascivious thematic begins outside the immediate circle of ‘good’ characters and then worms its way within is Mina Harker’s decent into vampirism. After Dracula manages to get into Mina’s bedchamber her forces himself upon her, drinking of her blood and forcing her to drink of his. “I was bewildered and strangely enough, I did not want to hinder him” (305), Mina declares as she realizes that even while she had tried to fight against the Count’s urgings she found it difficult not to yield to his demands. This is an intense moment where a pure hearted, if not pious, character is defiled and forced to recognize their own very human, and lustful desires. It is the basis of these humanizing desires
In Stoker’s novel Dracula, Renfield is a patient in Dr. Seward’s mental asylum who has a desire to gain the life of small, living organisms (e.g., flies, spiders, and rats) by consuming their souls. Although the purpose of Renfield’s character may be considered irrelevant to the central plot of Dracula, it is of utmost significance. To elaborate, the Renfield sub-plot functions as an “abstract representation for a better understanding” and in-depth knowledge to the character of Count Dracula through Renfield’s actions (Dracula). According to Gray, the character of Renfield “parallels aspects of Dracula 's livelihood,” such as his need to consume life. The dark relationship that Renfield and Dracula share is evident in the scene when Renfield
This trend brought back common woman as the central character with romance formula involving adorable immortal creature, a vampire. Nowadays, what is considered as the newest trend of young adult literature is a novel that illustrates a revenge of a group of youngster against an authoritarian order set in post-apocalyptic future society. This is called as dystopian trend. The most interesting point is that although dystopian trend is seen as part of popular culture with all of its stereotypical assumptions as mass culture but the themes mostly speak about serious matters, for instance: the quest of freedom, the spirit of humanism, the hope of better government, the futuristic society, or even the survival life and wilderness of post-apocalyptic nature. In the world of literature, dystopian literature is often referred to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) and Evgenii Zamiatin’s We, and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932) (D. Gordin, et al, 2010: 1).
Vladimir Nabokov didn't intent to write Lolita as a purist because concentrating on a single genre would make the novel obvious and the complex vocabulary of the narrator pointless. Lolita itself makes a journey through different genres which surprisingly favors the reader's interest. The novel makes a significant transition in terms of genre the instant the reader associates it with a generic category. Including the ongoing satire throughout the story, there are many elements that reveal the mixed genre of Lolita. The utopian idea of romance draws the attention of the reader at the beginning but the surprise of the brutal truth behind the plot .
History and modernity work together to prove that you can’t have one and not the other. History has great influence over modern day; the shadows of the past are very noticeable in the present. Throughout the novel, Dracula, there is symbolism and contrasts that include the intertwining of history and modernity. Dracula and Transylvania represent history old ideologies and ways of life. The rest of the characters, such as Jonathan Harker, Mina and Van Helsing, and the setting of England represent modernity and progress.
If we were to break the novel down, we would be able to see that had Victor simply created a female monster, the original creation would have stopped his rampage and never have exacted his revenge on Victor by murdering his wife to be. This lack of women obviously reflects Mary Shelley’s feminist views of the time period. At first glance, Frankenstein may appear to be simply a novel about a monster. In reality it not only challenges reader’s beliefs on the power of science and nature over man, but the power of females as well. All of which show Mary Shelley’s responses to the scientific and industrial revolutions of the 18th century as well as the feminist issues of the time period.
For example, one of Dracula’s first victims, named Lucy Westernra, becomes undead after being killed by Dracula. While she lied in bed dying, she asked her husband Arthur to kiss her before she died. However, this kiss had its own sinister meaning, as if Arthur had accepted this kiss he too would become an undead. Additionally, after her death, the undead Lucy continued to attempt to trick Arthur into joining her in undeath, and attempted to lure him to her tomb in order to kill him. Thankfully, both times the doctor Van Helsing stopped Arthur before he could do anything unwise.
Later on, when Lucy is in need of another transplant, Van Helsing, the man in charge of the operation, hints that it might be inappropriate for someone else to transfer blood into her. Him hinting at this idea shows that the process is in fact somewhat sensual, since having someone else 's blood into her might affect her fiance. Stoker makes several references to Old English literature throughout Dracula, Hamlet is especially referenced several times. In this quote, Lucy speaks of her fear of the night and of sleep. “Well, here I am to-night,
This earned him literary fame and the novel became known as a masterpiece of Victorian-era Gothic literature. I have read this novel both in English and Latvian and I really liked the style it was written in. As if the main characters were keeping diaries and journals of all that went on. I have often wondered where he got the idea about writing about vampires but then I discovered that there were stories lurking around about vampires long before Stoker came along. His vampire or rather let’s say Count Dracula lived in a large castle in Eastern Europe in Romania.