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.
A controversial issue from the text I would like to take a stand against is the portrayal of the women in the book of “Dracula” by Bram Stoker. I believe that Bram Stoker had wrongfully portrayed women in his classic novel called “Dracula”. He either made them seem weak and innocent or impure and horrible. Stoker had written Dracula in 1897, during the Victorian Era (1837-1901).
To begin with women roles have changed over time and has continued to evolve over generations. In Dracula by Bram Stoker women’s roles in society has been defined very differently as of today’s society. As this book has been written in the nineteenth century the beliefs of society have focused on the gender roles of men and women. Men are often classified to be upper class in the social status who possesses authority and freedom unlike that of the women of that time. The two characters Mina Harker and Lucy have portrayed different individual characters of being a woman and have shown their strength, power, determination while conquering their fears.
In the courts of medieval France, women infiltrated the systems of constraints that tied them down. Throughout the town, the scandalous poems sung by French troubadours delighted the ears of many. One such troubadour, Marie de France, composed a book revealing the plights behind the screens of the court. Before she begins, she proclaims in her prologue, “If a great truth is proclaimed in the ears of men, it brings forth fruit a hundred-fold; but when the sweetness of the telling is praised of many, flowers mingle with the fruit upon the branch.”
As a woman in the Victorian era, you have three options. You are either a pure blessed virgin, a married wife and mother, or a ravenous harlot. This seemingly repressed period of history was dominated by the idea that one’s sexuality formed their identity, social standing, and respectability. Ironically, the modern person would think of the common Victorian as extremely repressed and didactic, when in fact sexuality became a private focus in the public through literature and arts. These ideas of glorifying sexuality are very prevalent in Brahm Stoker’s
The stories that are told about the shadow of Nosferatu a German name for Dracula were often gory and dark, but Bram Stokers Dracula brings a new dark and sensual look at the Victorian society. Showing the role of how women are treated and made almost into Stepford wives if possible. The novel Dracula by Bram Stoker shows the vast societal restrictions women can be put in. Sensual content any writer can put in their books, there by hiding it in very discreet ways to an unsuspecting reading crowd , Bram Stoker shows Victorian elements through the character diaries.
The male dominated cultures of the past have set the stage for women still having to fight for equality even today. The Novels “Dracula” by Bram Stoker, and “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker show that despite our evolution from these past societal views where women had no rights, we still find ourselves perpetuating the rape culture today. To Begin, the book “Dracula” by Bram Stoker is emphasized to be a story of a man being dominate over many types of young women. He is like any other human form the only difference is his sexual sensation from the taste of blood from a female figure, using fangs and blood to satisfy him. Throughout the book Dracula’s victims are nothing but females first he goes for Mina, to Lucy, and we also learn from
The novel, Dracula, recounts a "holy war" of good versus evil. There are characters in Dracula that are either good or evil. Who is good? Who is evil? As soon as the novel is opened, readers realize that there is probably a central person who is evil and a group of people that want to destroy Dracula in some way who are good.
The way in which Stoker distinguishes a duality present in Lucy is through the shifting perspectives told by multiple characters, the structure of the novel is heavily based on intertextuality in this light. The structure of the multi-faceted narrative reveals how certain characters are unable to cope with the duality present in Lucy. The male characters, specifically, project the idea of a duality in Lucy in order to comprehend how she so easily shifts states between being ‘the pure woman’ and ‘the fallen woman’ - terms first established in the Victorian era. This projection is not only endorsed by the male figures in the book, but the character of Mina Harker as well confirms the notion, whom Stoker constructed of representing the ideal standard
“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights”(Stoker). Dracula is a book written in 1897 by Bram Stoker. The book is a story about Jonathan Harker's journey in the late 19th century to Transylvania in order to fix up some documentation for Dracula so he can own real estate England. In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the vampire Count Dracula is wrongfully portrayed as a villain by Bram Stoker.