Discuss how gender is represented in at least two of the novels of your course
In this essay the novels chosen to discuss the above question are Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Elizabeth Bowen’s The Last September and Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla. Each of the named novels were written during the Victorian period, a period whereby there was mass political and social turmoil. As well as this, it was a time where the English rejected new ideologies and concepts that may disrupt the fabric of society. As a result of this, the way in which gender is represented conforms to the society that the characters lived in during this era. In this essay one will particularly look at the gender role of women, as one of the main concerns was the place and role of women during the Victorian male dominated society.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula was seen as a development of the new forenamed ideologies and the development of the “new” woman, he represented his ideas through his novel Dracula. This novel portrays the varying different types of women in his novel during this period, one being the powerful, sexualized and a dominant vampire who embodies power. They roam the streets in search of victims to prey on, this portrays women in a light whereby they have power which goes against the traditional Victorian woman. In contrast to this, the second role in which women are depicted is one that sees them as victims, who are solely dependent on their spouse and the males in their lives. One fundamental