Summary Of Homosexuality In Bram Stoker's Dracula

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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). Craft examines the usual roles of the Victorian men and women, passive women especially, requiring them to “suffer and be still”. The men of this time were higher up on the important ladder of that era. Craft believes the men are the “doers” or active ones in…show more content…
I believe he did this to show the reader what they thought they knew of the characters in the stories may not be true at…show more content…
Hanker describes Dracula as strong, “saying he moved impulsively forward, and holding out his hand grasped mine with a strength which made me wince.” (Stoker ) So not only is Dracula strong, he made Hanker wince. In that same meeting, he felt the ice coldness of his hand. He also grabs up Hankers luggage instead of calling a servant. Even though he didn’t have servants, I found myself wondering if Dracula was a woman, would he still rush to get Jonathans’ luggage? In my opinion, yes. Dracula wants him to feel comfortable in his castle, and he will do anything to make Johnathan feel that way! I also feel like Dracula is commanding. I think when Dracula controls the wolves, it makes Johnathan uncomfortable much like Craft describes in his article. He describes Johnathan as the womanly figure in the story and Dracula the man. Making him feel like he’s in control is a way to make Johnathan feel even more

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