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. The
The Complex Relationship between Brother and Doodle Pride, will always be the longest distance between two people, the reason of betrayal, furthermore, death. In the Scarlet Ibis, James Hurst describes Brother as a slave of pride unable to establish a real relationship with Doodle. The Scarlet Ibis, narrates the complex relationship between the narrator and his physically ill brother Doodle. Pride always invades the weak bond between the two brothers leading them to a tragic end. At first the narrator sees Doodle as a crazy frail brother, but as we move into the story, we can observe a lot of varying feelings brother has towards Doodle.
At first the narrator sees Doodle as a crazy frail brother but as we move into the story, we can observe a lot of varying feelings brother has towards Doodle. Brother described Doodle as unbearable, an invalid brother, a brother who was not there at all, so he started
The novel reveals a lot of information about Victorian sexuality. Undoubtedly, sex plays a big part when discussing gender roles. In the Victorian era, women who show sexual tendencies or desires are considered impure. When Lucy is sick, Dr. Van Helsing is desperate to supply her with blood. He describes a blood transfer as an intimate transaction.
Lucy could be a victim, an innocent woman sabotaged by Dracula. When Lucy turns into a vampire, it is made a point to describe how she appears and behaves in opposition to the Lucy we were introduced to before her death. With Lucy as a vampire it gives her many virtues she didn’t possess when she was alive. In this novel she is portrayed as a predatory. The importance of being a virgin in the 19th century is perceived through Lucy’s transition into a ‘she-devil’ once Dracula takes away her purity.
When Shelley characterizes Victor, she uses imagery and descriptive language to show how damaged Victor is. Upon seeing Victor, Robert Walton wrote, “His limbs were nearly frozen, and his body dreadfully emaciated by fatigue and suffering. I never saw a man in so wretched a condition”(21). Shelley indirectly characterizes Victor through Walton, emphasizing his sorry state with the words, “dreadfully emaciated,” and “wretched” to describe Victor. After seeing how similar Walton is to himself, Victor tells Walton, “You have hope, and the world before you, and have no cause for despair.
The act of crying and screaming by Brother for the death of his brother Doodle is a pure tragic scene and by such scene the reader makes the readers feel that Brother loves his brother Doodle and for such love he tried to protect him from an outside world. Such ending of The Scarlet Ibis is surprizing for both the narrator and the reader. In fact, the death of Doodle after growing up is unexpected by neither the narrator nor the reader. (Hamdi, DeAngelis, 2008, Page
“The Fall of the House of Usher,” a gothic fiction short story written by Edgar Allan Poe, is pervaded by multiple examples of post-structuralist philosopher Jacques Derrida’s philosophy of trace. A close examination of the narrative reveals a distinct trace between incestual conception and the current condition of the Usher siblings through the physical and mental hinders which oppress them; a relationship between the occupants of the Usher estate and the trace of themselves which they inflict on the outside of it; and the traces of the author’s personal life within the storyline through the motif of live entombment. Articulated by philosopher Jacques Derrida, the philosophy of trace identifies the relationship between the absent and the presence
Doodle's brother was deeply embarrassed and humiliated at having a handicapped brother. Doodle's brother literally stated this fact when he proclaimed what a disappointment Doodle was to him when Doodle was just a baby. Doodle's brother's enormous embarrassment and disgust with his disabled younger brother was evident from the beginning, and only grew as they got older. You might be thinking the brother wasn't cruel to Doodle every second of every day. For that, you are correct.
One that sticks out is Christianity, but what does Christianity have to do with a novel about vampires? The answer is that a simple crucifix can do significant harm to the Dracula. The fact that Dracula stands as an evil figure holy items can be used to hurt and even kill a vampire. Another theme found in this novel is sexual expression of females. When Dracula uses Lucy to bid his evil doings a battle begins.