Interestingly even after Mina is helping track Dracula, the men limit Mina regarding the situation due to her being a women. This example of how the men treat Mina is crucial because the men have a higher societal power they pre-determinately judge Mina 's role. Stoker uses Dracula along with Jonathan 's relationship with Mina to introduce the concept on how easily someone is controlled due to the social hierarchy. This proves the world is unjust although modern times have started to change societies monstrous prejudices that result in dehumanization.
The essay I chose to compare Dracula with was “Kiss Me With Those Red Lips: Gender and Inversion in Bram Stoker’s Dracula” by Christopher Craft. The essay explains the sexuality in Dracula, desire, gender, and even homosexuality. Craft mentions his essay gives an account of Stoker’s “vampire metaphor” (Craft 108). He highlights certain and very valid points in the story of Dracula that breaks the Victorian gender role, writing, “a pivotal anxiety of late Victorian culture.” (Craft 108).
Likewise, the three siren-like vampire women at Castle Dracula whose dominant sexuality confirms the male fear that their pursuit of sexual gratification surpasses that of men are killed at the end. Van Helsing sees as his obligation to destroy and finish off them, indicating that Van Helsing himself also performs a rape on the three “weird sisters.” He not only rapes one but three women, which can be interpreted as a demonstration of complete power of the Victorian male over the
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
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
Gothic horror novel Dracula, the title character makes only several relatively short appearances, some of which are while in disguise. Throughout the novel, Stoker keeps Count Dracula in the shadows, both literally and figuratively. This essay will describe these appearances and analyze Stoker’s use of them to determine what effect they might have on the impression of the character and the novel overall. It will be claimed that by keeping his title character hidden for much of the novel, Stoker’s Dracula is made much more frightening to the reader. Human beings tend to fear the unknown, and by leaving Dracula to the imagination,
Bram Stokers Dracula is a novel that can be presented and interpreted in a number of different ways. Throughout the story, there are several themes that can be identified, such as womens rights, the importance of teamwork, and even the struggle between good and evil. However, considering Dracula to be a religious novel is quite debatable. Because of the several references and ties to religious thoughts and beliefs in the novel, Dracula should in fact be considered a religious novel, as the religious objects in the story are pivotal to the success of the protagonists, and Stoker is meaning to strengthen the power of these beliefs of the townsfolk.
When she thought of the old man’s hand on her, “She thought of flesh: lumps of flesh, pink snouts, fat roungues”(Munro 154). It is obvious that she is imagining being pounded by him. The people on the train would have kicked them out. If rose is able to imagine being pounded by any man ,then she is able to imagine being sexually harassed by the old man. Her French teacher was much younger than the old man which is
Foreshadowing is used to stubbly warn the audience of the approaching tragedy. Friar Lawrence alludes to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet that will result from their rushed marriage when he tells Romeo in ACT 2, scene 6, line 9, “These violent delights have violent ends.” With violent delights referring to their fiery passion and violent ends to their deaths. Another feature used is simile, in ACT 1, scene 4, line 26 Romeo uses a simile when talking to Mercutio, “Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn.”
In Bram Stoker’s gothic novel, Dracula, the overall and fundamental theme of the book is given away the further you read, expressing Stoker’s view of religion. The novel is an account of the paths taken by many different characters such as Count Dracula, Van Helsing, Jonathan Harker, Mina Murray and Lucy Westenra. Since this poem was written with ideas focused primarily on the concepts of evil, as it was viewed during an appearingly-conservative nineteenth and twentieth century society, the book can be seen as a parallel to Eliot’s and others’ own religious quests. While Bram Stoker attempts to acquaint the reader with a frightening tale on the accounts of a dreadful vampire named Count Dracula, he also expresses the goal of strengthening
SCALP-HUNTER When every gesture of peace is a dud, One sees blood flow like a rowdy flood: When the single sign of love wanes like the Moon Tempers are readily frayed on a blazing afternoon: Hatred is poured into every handy pot to fill Like a potion, even a mere look suffices to kill: Man kill man---on a swagger you lay a fancy bet Knowing the figures he 'll simply shoot and forget: Numbers do matter when he pulls the trigger Lest he miss and hear the dreaded snigger: "Kaafir","Infidel".... each scalp is a coveted one A variety in color and creed only adds to the fun: A sang froid that 's confirmed with an expression so dour After all, affirms the dogmatic initiation at the age of four: ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ( C.) . KUMAARA SUKEJA.
“There is reason that all things are as they are...” (Stoker 17). Outlasting countless other tales of its time, Bram Stoker’s lore of “Dracula” began as and still continues to be a classic, frightening novel and despite how some would classify it on only a single one end of the spectrum, it holds true elements of both literary and commercial fiction. He uses various techniques of writing, such as the epistolary plot structure and dramatic irony, and elements, including suspense, to present an unexpected, fear-inducing concept based on the xenophobic idea of the Victorian era.
The yin-yang symbol has its roots in the Chinese philosophical religion of Daoism. Yin and Yang represent the balance of everything within the universe. They represent the sun and the moon, the summer and winter, and the good and the evil. One force cannot exist without the other. Bram Stoker, a well renowned gothic novel author, depicts the balance of forces represented by yin-yang in his novel, Dracula.
Rough Thesis: Stoker revolutionized nineteenth century society through Dracula by challenging the accepted sexual, domestic, and educational expectations of Victorian women and exposing the cultural anxieties such as loss of reputation and sexual freedom. Bram Stoker’s Dracula, a truly iconic work, redefines nineteenth century values and challenges the cultural anxieties of theVictorian era. But why did Stoker create such an erotically symbolic novel? In the Victorian era, this type of language was unheard of; therefore his work appeals to the unspoken conversation: sex. But, in his writings, Stoker does more than simply use language that was neither typical nor acceptable, he provokes controversy and change in the societal norms by arousing