She has fallen victim to Dracula and becomes undead herself. She is one of two female characters, who is pursued by the vampire. Bram Stoker may have given the impression that Lucy was of that a ‘free’ and gossipy female. I do believe that from reading a few passages from Dracula that apply directly to Lucy, this portrayal could be false, and this is in reference to her once she has become undead. Lucy could be a victim, an innocent woman sabotaged by Dracula.
Their bodies are a focal point of why women should be wanted and desired. Throughout the story, the vampire sisters are able to captivate, not only readers but other characters within the story as well when it comes to the shape of their bodies. In the article, “Sins of the Flesh”: Anorexia, Eroticism and the Female Vampire in Bram Stoker's Dracula by: Emma Dominguez-Rue, readers learn—through descriptions and examples—about the ways in which the vampire female anatomy is appealing to many characters. When talking about the three vampire sisters Dominguez-Rue explains that, “Their voracious thirst for blood, which is both horrifying and fascinating to Harker, is visually represented by their monstrous female anatomy” (301). These women are not skinny, nor are they average, but plump and round.
Now that Lucy is a vampire, obviously her idea of social norms changes. She has transformed from a normal “house wife” into a creature which is not believed to exist. Now that her family and friends see her as a vampire, they will no longer treat her the same. Being a woman in the Victorian Era itself had many
In Dracula, Bram Stoker discusses the changing roles of women through its two main female character, Mina Harker and Lucy Westrenra. When it comes to sex, the New Woman is more frank and open, exactly the opposite of the Victorians. The New Woman feels free to initiate sexual relationships and to explore alternativesto marriage and motherhood. Lucy is thus regarded as a New Woman. In an early letter to Mina, Lucy laments, “Why can’t they let a girl marry three men, or as many as want her, and save all this trouble?
However, Lucy's desires: 'Come to me Arthur. [...] My arms are hungry for you.' (Dracula, p.188) are stopped, whereas her husband's: 'Arthur placed the point over the heart, [...] Then he struck with all his might [...] his un-trembling arm rose and fell, driving deeper and deeper' (Dracula, p.192) are allowed. By having Lucy killed, Stoker presents a positive depiction of femininity as his original audience sees that a 'voluptuous' woman or elaborate femininity of any kind, is not accepted and that if women have these desires then they must suppress them and return to being an 'Angel in the House'
She is very flirtatious and loves male attention. Lucy demonstrates her love of male attention in the quote, “Why can’t they let a girl marry three men, or as many as want her, and save all this trouble” (Stoker Chapter 5). So that being said, she makes it fairly easy for Dracula to seduce her. She causes herself to be open to manipulation through her issue with sleepwalking. Due to Lucy’s sleepwalking, Dracula is able to easily seduce
Willow is only a vampire in two different episodes (“The Wish” and “Dӧppelgangland”), yet the transformation that she undertakes is startling. Drusilla was once a nun, but once turned, all of that religious devotion disappears. This essay will discuss how female vampires, specifically
In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the bloodsucking aspect of vampirism both disgusts and attracts the characters. All instances of bloodsucking are eerily sexy, or have elements of seduction incorporated with feelings of immoral lust and sexual repression. One example of this is from Chapter 3 when Johnathan says “There was a deliberate voluptuousness which was both thrilling and repulsive, and as she arched her neck she actually licked her lips like an animal.” (3.32) The conventional gender roles are reversed in the quote with the female vampire as the active aggressor and Johnathan as the passive receiver of the kiss. There are even elements of animalism present, which further perpetuates the notion that vampirism is as unnatural as sex is. The
But, by casting a 26-year old physically attractive woman, Polanski is able to pervade Lady Macbeth and her machinations with an additional layer of seductiveness. This can be critical, because while the initial inspiration for Macbeth’s power-grab is certainly given by the witches, it is Lady Macbeth who insists her husband, for example as they talk about Duncan in Act 1 Scene 7 she says: “We fail? But screw your courage to the
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.