Violence In Bram Stoker's Dracula

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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 …show more content…

These vampires encompass one of the major sub-themes of the Novel - sex. This topic was considered rude to discuss in public and could only be propagated through the medium of writing. These vampires are portrayed as “air, as fair as can be, with great masses of golden hair and eyes like pale sapphires. (!!!)” The simile used here helps us picture an extremely beautiful girl with deep blue eyes and golden blond hair. This is a very vivid comparison to Count Dracula who is described to have a long pointed nose and hair in the center of his palms with a very bad breath. Thus, here we see a stark difference in the theme of violence in Dracula. On the one hand, we have the demonic Dracula who seen as the epitome of physical strength and hunts down his victims as prey and on the other we have the inviting lustful eyes of these female vampires who would lure in their prey. This instills a greater fear since the reader would expect a horrid image for a blood-sucking villain but rather we have this picturesque lady forcing the reader to redefine “monster”. Thus, the second category of Stoker’s violence is evident here – the visual aspect. The female vampires, with an immaculate mix of violence and sex, entrance their victims and prey on them. This seems to be a frightening portrayal of a “monster” since we do not expect a monster to attract the victims in using their beauty. However, it is for the same reason, that Stoker’s theme of violence has to be

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