This unsettling evokes some of the key features of the Gothic, such as the use of phantasmagoria, transgression, and excesses, all of which disturbed the reader by surrounding them with dark reflections of a reality portrayed through fiction. Pacts with the devil to obtain one’s desires, monks and aristocrats who revel in luxury — even if this means they must stain their hands with blood —, vampires and mad scientists: all corrupt one’s morals, all corrupt the false appearance of serenity. Likewise, the female vampires who torment Jonathan Harker disturb the harmony of the domestic sphere and unsettle the delicate balance between the private and the public domain. These vampiric women are marked by heightened sensuality and tacked to other fatal women that permeate art and European literature at the end of the nineteenth century. In this novel, fear and desire are often confused, a clue modern anxieties surrounding desire toward sensuous but degrading bodies.
Although written and published in Victorian England where the culture revolves around societal constraints and restrictions of expressing sexual desires, Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” has many scenes that seem to revel in sexual language and sensual description, yielding indications of repressed lust and sexuality. Such sexual connotations are not directly expressed, but camouflaged by vampire attacks and the act of blood sucking. Rape, one of the erotic overtones recurring throughout the novel, illustrates how penetration and blood sucking function as an insinuation of sexual intercourse, at the same time revealing different expectations the Victorian society imposes upon women. Several rape scenes are disguised through the use of symbolism
Stoker also characterizes Lucy as sexual when Dracula turns her into a sexual vampire and she goes to the dark side. As she is sick, Arthur gives her a blood transfusion to try to help her become better but when it does not work, she is stabbed in the heart to go back to her original beauty and die. Lucy in the book shows how the ideal Victorian woman can so suddenly turn into the bad, evil, sexual woman that was unacceptable. Throughout the novel, Bram Stoker showed in detail what was considered to be the ideal Victorian woman through the character Mina. He also showed how women were sexualized, misbehaved, and evil through the behaviors of Dracula’s three daughters.
Throughout the story, Bram Stoker illustrates how they are incorporated, this can be shown through; the sheer cold-heartedness, and malignant behavior of Count Dracula, which leaves the audience to speculate what causes such behaviors. Bram Stoker allows the reader to understand that Dracula isn’t presumed to be a happy going book and therefore indicates how the reader should fathom the story. Dracula is a tale with various amounts of archetypes. The more predominant ones are; The mother figure, the mentor, the antagonist, the loss of innocence, and life and death. To begin with, in the story Mina Harker is known as the mother figure, this can be seen with the love, compassion, and support that she caters and advises others when they are agitated.
This proves the world is unjust although modern times have started to change societies monstrous prejudices that result in dehumanization. In the first place, it’s easy to say Jonathan is naive for not realizing Dracula is a vampire although in reality because we have read the title we have a decent expectation of what the plot will contain. Bram Stoker made Dracula 's lineage as a nobleman crucial because this allows Dracula to set
This is what gave him the idea of how Dracula would enter into England. In the Wallachian language Dracula means devil and this greatly affected what Stoker would name his vampire. Bram stoker wrote in unique way by drawing from personal experience and research to write his masterpiece (BBC, Nightmare: The Birth of Horror). One of the main overarching themes of Dracula is that one should defended the weak and helpless no matter the cost. For instance, each man donated great amounts of blood to Lucy trying to keep her from becoming
As a result, the clash between Britain’s view of Romania, or better said, Stoker’s depiction of it, and the country’s own identity cannot concur in their representation. Since its publication Dracula has had a significant impact on the image of the vampire in popular culture and folklore, and although Stoker did not invent
He is the master of American horror yet with close examination he writing style is not so different from Wilde’s, just like Wilde he was partial to using aestheticism, his writing style is so often referred to his ‘addiction to adjectives’. Interestingly for Poe unlike so many of his contemporise, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson he wasn’t a ‘great American dream story writer’, whereas Emerson belonged to the mainstream national narrative, who saw American as new, full of potential and belonged to the transcendentalist movement, Poe illustrated America through a counter narrative. Emerson’s American offered hope, while Poe’s America offered death, decay and despair, not a new land but a decaying one; if Emerson looked outwards Poe most certainly looked inward. Poe’s narrative style can be seen as the great narrative of death and decay in America, but it is essential to examine why? Firstly modern readers can assume that a primary reason for Poe’s obsession with all things dead and decaying was because Poe suffered great death and loss in his life, described by Killis Campbell as “the saddest and strangest figure in American literary history”.
#8 DAMON KILLS TYLER Damon Salvatore is known to be the crazy, impulsive vampire and from the beginning, he is hated by almost everyone, sometimes even by his own brother. He turned Vicki Donovan into a vampire just for fun, he abused Caroline for quite a while, he's the reason Jenna was killed by Klaus, killing Stefan’s best friend, but he really crossed the line this time. Tyler Lockwood came back to Mystic Falls and Damon kills him after they exchanged a few words. Looks like Damon’s gonna have a hard time reconciling with his brother and
Indeed, when such matters were discussed, Shelley describes herself as a “devout” listener (Shelley, 1999, p. 4)which seems to imply that she was of a more positive inclination regarding science than Dr Frankenstein. We must then attempt to explain why the voice of Frankenstein so vehemently opposes the acquisition of knowledge if this is not the voice of the author speaking through him, and such an explanation is found in the nature of the novel itself. Frankenstein is a gothic novel and as such, and is naturally lends itself to a darker portrayal of events. It is for this reason then, that the doctor describes the culmination of his work, not as a miracle of science but as an act of unspeakable horror. In the words of Frankenstein himself, “the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.” (Shelley, 1999, p. 45) Gothic literature is inherently dark, and most will incorporate some element of magic or the
As Lucy becomes a vampire, she becomes increasingly sexualized. Like the vampire ladies of Castle Dracula, her repressed sexuality comes to the surface, and she becomes the sexual aggressor, women in 1897 weren 't supposed to be the ones to ask for kisses. They were supposed to be