Lucy could be a victim, an innocent woman sabotaged by Dracula. When Lucy turns into a vampire, it is made a point to describe how she appears and behaves in opposition to the Lucy we were introduced to before her death. With Lucy as a vampire it gives her many virtues she didn’t possess when she was alive. In this novel she is portrayed as a predatory. The importance of being a virgin in the 19th century is perceived through Lucy’s transition into a ‘she-devil’ once Dracula takes away her purity.
These roses symbolize the theme of “the threat of female expression” and sex. In the Victorian age, women had to be either a virgin or a mother/ wife or she was considered a “whore” if she was neither. In addition, when Lucy transformed into a vampire, she had already been infused with the blood of 3 other men than her husbands. This was seen as a sexual practice and given Lucy an impure status and she was to be killed to return to a more socially acceptable one. The three black flowers at the bottom also represent the three vampire sisters, which were often described as “voluptuous.” On top of these roses is a Barbie doll which represents a standard of beauty women were expected to have.
To sum it up, the witches and the prostitutes shares some similarities. For an example, they both are not welcomed into society this indicates they are outcasts, as well as this both the witches and the prostitutes strives to manipulative other characters into they trap this is shown clearly in Macbeth. When one of the witches’ quote “(Second Witch) All Hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!... ( the third witch) All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter! ", the outcome of this is that the Witches were gaining Macbeth's hope in becoming King.
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'
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
When Betty says “You did, you did! You drank a charm to kill John Proctor’s wife! You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor” (Miller 19), the reader can clearly determine that Abigail will take any measure to accomplish her selfish goals. This is as Abigail is trying to intimidate the other girls into not saying anything. “She is the consummate seductress; the witchcraft hysteria in the play originates in her carnal lust for Proctor” (Schissel 3).
The leading antagonist, Abigail Williams, drank blood as a charm to kill the wife of John Proctor, the protagonist with whom she was infatuated. Reverend Parris discovers the girls who blame the night’s events on one of the women in their party, knowing that witchcraft is punishable by death. After this first accusation, more and more began to occur. Arthur Miller conveys the struggle of justice through integrity with accusations of Giles Corey, John Proctor, and the evil Abigail Williams. Giles
Soon a mere accusation from her becomes enough reason to convict even important, influential people. Abigail uses the witch hysteria that consumes Salem to secure herself from accusation, and gain control of the trials by accusing respectable people, before moving on to Elizabeth, and then in her desperation, she manipulates Mary Warren into eventually accusing John. “Abby' s lust threatens Proctor in many ways: she tempts him to sinning adultery in the first place;
Abigail not only tries to make a charm to kill Goody Proctor, but when this attempt on her life fails, she convinces the Salem court that Elizabeth is a witch. She first accuses Elizabeth, but then sees that an accusation will not be enough. In order to prove Elizabeth’s witchery, Abigail notices Mary Warren making a poppet, strategically places a needle in it. She concludes that it will end up in the Proctor home and serve as evidence of Elizabeth practicing witchcraft on Abigail. Finally, to give reason for the court to search the Proctor home, stabs herself with a needle to assert the poppet’s voodoo doll
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.