Stoker also characterizes Lucy as sexual when Dracula turns her into a sexual vampire and she goes to the dark side. As she is sick, Arthur gives her a blood transfusion to try to help her become better but when it does not work, she is stabbed in the heart to go back to her original beauty and die. Lucy in the book shows how the ideal Victorian woman can so suddenly turn into the bad, evil, sexual woman that was unacceptable. Throughout the novel, Bram Stoker showed in detail what was considered to be the ideal Victorian woman through the character Mina. He also showed how women were sexualized, misbehaved, and evil through the behaviors of Dracula’s three daughters.
When Lucy turns from an innocent girl to having a sexual personality, Stoker could be trying to show the potential for both the good and evil in a woman. As a vampire, we see Lucy do things that were against her virtues while living. She attempts to seduce Arthur, she feeds off a child and then throws it to the ground, and becomes furious when Van Helsing presents a crucifix to her. She completely changes from her innocent ways. This light and dark aspect that Lucy portrays as a natural and a supernatural shows the duality of a woman.
Karen Hollinger is a professor of English at Atlantic University, an author and is also a very strong feminist. Hollinger’s essay, “The Monster as Woman: Two Generations of Cat People,” is an essay merely expressing how most monsters in novels or films are characterized as masculine identities and that viewers forget how powerful feminine identities in novels and films can be. Hollinger’s goal in this essay is to explain that feminine monsters are just as frightening all masculine monsters. She uses many references to movies with feminine monsters and expresses how powerful they are compared to masculine monsters and also expresses that males and females have castration anxieties. I think Hollinger succeeded in a sophisticated way because she
This is only indicative of the willingness of the elite to abuse those working under them- especially young naive women. This power imbalance is also captured in Dracula through the character Mina. Mina Harker serves as the love interest of Jonathan Harker, but is a strangely sexless character when compared to other women in the novel. This attribute give Mina a more innocent disposition, which makes
Rough Draft Being known as a horror writer may be Mary Shelley’s claim to fame. In fact, at the mention of the author’s name, most people will automatically envision the bolt-necked monster with which we are all familiar. While Mary Shelley did not gain much recognition for her work during her lifetime, she used her experience and her writing to promote equality for women. She took aweful experiences throughout her lifetime and made magical horror stories about it and transformed herself into the horror story Mary Shelley we all know of now hundreds or years later. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was born August 30th, 1797 in London, England.
Deterioration of rural England, rapid rise of middle class and constant pressure towards unavoidable social and political reform were common themes in writing, Brontë’s included. (Abrams 1999:153) She wrote about the changing times in a darker and unconventional way using eerie and paranormal elements, depicting the struggles uniquely, and simultaneously criticising the majority of the burning questions and problems of the time. All Brontë sisters resorted to the Gothic novel genre in their writing, but they also greatly expanded the genre and went beyond it to accommodate their ideas and by doing so they reinvented and expanded the Female gothic into the New Gothic. This paper explores the gothic literary complex Emily Brontë used to write Wuthering Heights. The focus is on the elements of gothic and how their abundance in this work successfully enables the author to criticize all aspects of the Victorian era and depart form the established Victorian values.
? Documentary RATIONALE: I made this documentary to investigate how a femme fatale is characterized within classical film noir. A femme fatale is a woman who is dangerous and mysterious, thus shaping the narrative of many film noir films. I have also investigated how film noir has been an attribute in modern day films, but in a less in-your-face demeanor. VIDEO AUDIO BLACK SCREEN Music: [0:00-0:08] Symphony
This is what drove many people to read his book. Dracula “[...] represents late Victorian society’s anxiety” (Bundrick 25). This is the reason readers related to the novel so much because it resonates with their anxieties. The impact that the Victorian era had from this book is immense. It changed the way women were looked at by giving them entitlement and gave a new light to homosexuality by making it more masculine.
This work intends to explore the emncipartory possibilities within the gothic, displaying its potential to act as dissident work. Within the last decades of the twentieth-century, Female Gothic witnesses a diffusion over other forms of fiction, becoming “branch of fantastic literature that claims plausibility against the background of science” (Rabkin 459). Indeed, both of science fiction and gothic have grip on the use of the fantastic in order to defy the oppressive reality of women’s life and to violate this ‘truth.’ According to Sherman, “science fiction, like the gothic, displays an ability to displace cultural and national anxieties of the respective time, functioning as a space wherein these anxieties can be freely, if nebulously, expressed” (4). As a nascent genre, Gothic science-fiction is concerned with the defamiliarization of the familiar; its female writers are engaged in what Larbalestier calls, “writing in reaction” (162). They protest against what they do not accept in the real and imaginary
A single of the things medieval novels concentrate on are supernatural and mysterious events. The book Frankenstein by Mary Shelly uses supernatural means to create the Frankenstein list; this is similar to how vampires in Bram Stoker's Dracula are made. Vampires in Dracula are also manufactured by supernatural means (hence they are really supernatural creatures), a vampire bites a mortal and can choose whether or not they die
Rebecca Williams talks about The Vampire Diaries, and how it was a series of novel and later turns into a teen horror television series. The debate on the similar genre of vampires movies explains how The Vampire Diaries has dominated and is most representative on contemporary vampire and supernatural. The author also shortly describes the role of the vampire and how it plays and associates to the current and evolving society. This is related to my claim in which the article can provide supportive evidence on the description of vampires and use it to explain further on how they are similar to human. The discussion of saying The Vampire Diaries is a horror television series can help to explain my research topic theme, violence.
The Devil would have people whom were called witches that made a vow to worship and serve him(Lambert). This derogatory term of witch soon spread around Europe among this time. The calumniation of fear was building up amongst local neighbors in fact. With these fearful terms and news about witches it was when the trials were soon to occur. Many books were created during the time period of the witch hunts, one book in particular which was created around 1486 named “Malleus Maleficarum” which translates to Hammer of Witches(University of Pennsylvania).
Introduction Or Nah by Ty Dolla $ign is a very popular song with more than 169 million views on YouTube ("Ty Dolla $ign - Or Nah ft. The Weeknd, Wiz Khalifa & DJ Mustard [Music Video]"). The song is highly focused on women and most importantly making females out to be objects present only for the pleasure of the artist. Within the context of this song, and songs like it, women, who are typically the subject of the song, are pressured into sexual situations that might be objectionable or uncomfortable. Songs like Or Nah provide a stark example of issues which western society faces today, in particular, the objectification of women and the cultural obsession with gaining power and money.