Using his male dominance and superiority over women to fulfill his every desire, having little regard for the well-being of others. He is considered to be a “threat” to a Victorian woman such as Mina, she becomes his victim by force, which some see as rape. Mina feels violated after being “penetrated” by Dracula. There’s a scene in which helps support the idea of Mina being raped. “With his left hand, he held both Mrs. Harker’s hands, keeping them away with her arms at full tension: his right hand gripped the back of her neck, forcing her face down on his bosom.
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.
Historical Analysis The novel Dracula by Bram Stoker is a complete contradiction of cultural and social norms of the Victorian Era. This era which took place from 1837-1901 had strict ideas about men and women and how they should live their lives. Throughout this novel, there is a complete change of these ideas for this period of time. In Dracula women are extremely sexual which for this time period is highly unusual. This contradictory starts with the vampire women, when they attack Johnathan in the castle during the evening.
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
Prominently on her left cheek, is an upside down pentagon, an infamous satanic symbol that possesses correlations with witchcraft and supernatural entities. This presents her rebellious and reckless acts, committed alongside her husband. Unveiling how the development of Lady Macbeth can be linked to satanic qualities, and Satan himself. An example of which is renown through how he killed his own son because he swore to do so, which presents the connection between the two, when similar Lady Macbeth states “Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and bashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this”(Act one scene seven), in which she speaks to Macbeth fiercely about how she would have murdered her own child to possess the role of queen. With
As Mina is pushed away from helping the men defeat Dracula, she has been put in danger as there are hints that Dracula has been visiting her in the night. When Dracula does visit, he forces Mina to drink his blood making her impure as “her white nightdress was smeared with blood” (322). This ended going against everything that the men were trying to save Mina from. In efforts to keep Mina from the battle against Dracula, she is thrown right into the middle unwillingly. In the journal, Desire and Loathing in Bram Stoker's Dracula idea that it suggests is that the men “don’t want her help because of her suspected telepathic link with Dracula, and, finally, they regret not letting her in on their hunting and bring her back into the fold” (Rosenberg).
Throughout the novel, Stoker incorporates sexual scenes, and scenes of desire that may or may not capture readers’ attention due to the presence of horror. The horror genre of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, combined with mild eroticism is able to draw in readers due to the fact that Stoker is able to intricately weave suspenseful sexual scenes/scenes of desire throughout the novel—making it clear that
The scene gets more depth with Hitchcock’s flagellating the viewers with shrieking violin sounds that the viewers cannot evade just like Marion can from the slashing knife. Truffaut calls the entire construction of Psycho “a sort of scale of the abnormal” (277). Marion, the sexy blonde woman, a natural object of desire is stabbed by Norman’s mother in the shower even before half of the movie is over. According to David Lehman “The greatest danger is the nearest, and one reason the shower scene in Psycho is the scariest and most threatening in all of Hitchcock is that it violates the defenceless heroine in the most private and intimate of places” (5). In Psycho one crime follows another-adultry, theft and then one crime followed by another
The creation was dangerous to Frankenstein because he could have killed him in his sleep. The Creature told Frankenstein, “The thought was madness; stirred the fiend within me- not I, but she [Justine Moritz], shall suffer; the murder I have committed because I am forever robbed of all that she could give me, shall atone… I bent over her and placed the portrait securely in one of the folds of her dress”(Shelley 103). The Daemon is the cause of innocent Justine’s death. His placement of the picture caused Justine to be accused of murder even after she loved the helpless William. Although the Monster framed Justine for William’s murder, the Daemon before announced how beautiful she was.