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).
In a certain scene of the novel, the women wanted to enter Johnathon, even though during the Victorian Era this is seen as wrong. Something that should never be spoken or thought about. Johnathans’ desire in this case is also breaking social norms because throughout this scene with the vampire women, he describes how he wanted them to do
My impression of the novel is a book capable of inducing the feeling of eroticism, sexual energy, danger, and suspense all at the same time. In my view, the genre of the novel can best be described as an erotic thriller. The novel present a strange intermixing of humans and other supernatural beings. Indeed, the writer follows the modern tradition of presenting vampires as a romantic, erotic and elegant species rather than some demonic creature. The character of Sookie Stackhouse is indeed a very intricate one the more I read about her and the more I become familiar with her personality the more she excites me.
Bram Stoker, describes one of the verbal taboos of the Victorian era, violence, through the representation of vampires as “monsters” through the point of view of their victims in his novel Dracula. Stoker portrays violence in three distinct categories- physical, visual and psychological. Each one of these categories is described by one of the antagonists in the Novel, with Count Dracula as the physical aspect of violence, his underlings, the female vampires as the visual and Renfield, the patient at Dr. Seward’s mental asylum, as the psychological aspect of violence. This essay looks at the portrayal of such Categorical violence as different renditions of a “monster” and considers why Stoker would segregate violence in such a manner.
A characteristics of psychoanalytical theory is the return of the repressed, which Blade shows within the movie. Throughout the movie, Blade is constantly reminded of his childhood experience of growing up as a Vampire,
Throughout the years, classic horror films have been adapted to modern days; moreover, vampires live forever, but they have evolved. The classic scary, but intriguing vampires who prey on humans to drink their blood have now become likeable and attractive vampires who protect humans. The classic Dracula and the modern Edward Cullen will be compared based on their creation, personality, and their supernatural aspects. Edward Cullen and Dracula are creatures that are considered to be thrilling and exciting creations. Dracula is a major figure that was inspired by Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula.
Furthermore, the theme of light/dark is present in both as in Othello, Iago says that he will turn Desdemona’s king act into something evil and dark. The contrast between light and dark is shown as Desdemona’s good deed is the light and way Iago will portray it to Othello is the dark. Similarly in Frankenstein, the light dark imagery is present, although not as evident, in that the way the creature communicates to Frankenstein is somewhat light, as he is talking in a calm and reasonable manner. The darkness is shown when he threatens Frankenstein with the ultimatum, comply with my demands or he will kill all of Frankenstein’s friends and
The presentation of Good vs. Evil is one of the main themes in the novel, Dracula. The portrayal of good and evil is seen in each character throughout the book. The characters considered “evil” in the novel are Dracula and his vampire brides. Dracula converts humans into vampires and has immense power over certain individuals. Everything he does demonstrates that there is no good in him at all.
Lucy, who was earlier described as innocent, and young, is as a vampire turned into a voluptuous figure, without any trace of innocence left. So by striking a stake into her heart and severing her head the return her to her state of innocence. That she turned curvaceous is a symbol for the want and desire to become a vampire, but unlike Renfield, this deals more with the sexual aspect of being a vampire. After this there is not much new symbolism, Dracula is found, chased back to London, and killed.
Novels portrayed by fear, horror, death and mystery are said to be gothic. The genre was originated in the 17th century and was popularized in the 18th century with novels such as “Dracula” by Bram Stoker. It follows the battle between Dracula, a vampire, and a group of men and women trying to stop him from spreading the undead curse. It’s the ultimate battle between good and evil. “Dracula” by Bram Stoker includes traditional elements such as women in distress, supernatural events, and a dark, impending settings that occur in gothic novels.
“Girls Just Wanna Have Fangs” by Sady Doyle is about the criticism and feminism of Stephanie Meyer’s writing style in the Twilight series. Critics flaw the old fashion gender roles and unexciting plotlines. This is mainly because the writings claim to be written without action and more about love. The series allow teenage girls to fantasize about the rivals, vampire Edward and werewolf Jacob, for the love of human Bella. This allows girls to be in the fantasy world, rather than the real world, “where no one has to grow up, where danger is the prelude to a rescue, where boys have no hidden agendas aside from loving you forever” (Doyle 281).
The story Where Are You Going Where Have You Been has similar elements to fairy tales. However critic Christina Gills says that the reader is “ forced to consider the distinctions between fairy tale and seduction narrative” (Gillis Gale). There are differences between a fairy tale and this short story. Differences include that the girl gets the prince and the villain gets either killed or locked up, and they live happily ever after. In real life this doesn't happen, the so called villain can get away and come after it's victim again.
Its fair to say through the years literature has shown common themes and ideologies that connect deeply with values and concepts learned from history. The influence of these themes and ideologies have been turned into theories that we use to analyze and connect to stories and novels that we read. When these theories are applied, multiple stories can be used and compared. There is common themes that will show up in a story that will be related to the theory and used to compare and contrast stories to the theories. Feminist theory is one of the theories that is largely looked at when analyzing the books “Of mice and men” and “The Great Gatsby.”
Real Women Have Curves is a breathtaking film. The philosophical positions I had picked for this film are The Seven Principles of Simone de Beauvoir for this movie. The film is about a Latina teenage girl by the name of Ana Garcia. Her sister owns a textile factory, and her mother wants her to work within her older sister Estela’s factory. Her mother does not want her daughter to go to college and only wants her daughter to get married.