Analysis Of Carmilla

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Perhaps one of the biggest things to consider in relation to this argument is Carmilla’s ultimate hold over Laura and what that implies for Laura’s identity. The final lines of the novella discuss how the temptation to succumb to pleasure still haunts Laura, who, despite the passage of time, remains haunted by the memory of Carmilla: “[To] this hour the image of Carmilla returns to memory with ambiguous alterations– sometimes the playful, languid, beautiful girl…and often from a reverie I have started, fancying I heard the light step of Carmilla at the drawing-room door” (ch.16). At this stage, arguing that Laura was simply under the vampire’s hypnotizing effect is moot seeing as Carmilla is extricated by the end of the novella. She no longer…show more content…
Blank is suggesting that Laura is repressing and projecting her experiences with Carmilla. This to say that the gaps are left for the reader to fill in. It is part of the attraction of Sheridan’s novella Carmilla to decide for oneself whether Laura does or does not have inherent homosexual desires. There is a significant amount of evidence to suggest that Carmilla provided a sexual awakening in Laura that would have otherwise gone unexplored due to her ignorance of homosexuality imposed on her by societal influence. She passes much of her time with women, which is to say that her experiences with women begin at one end of the spectrum. She confides in her female companions. Following her experiences with Carmilla one can then conclude that this tendency is merely introduced to her via Carmilla; Carmilla introduces her to who she really is, though regardless of her introduction to this sexuality she is restricted from pursuing this path via societal medication she overtly disliked. The 21st century is largely categorized by its progressive views; consider how Laura would fit into this society. No longer does there need to be a mediator for discussing homosexuality. The vampire was merely a tool for Sheridan Le Fanu to explore the implications of a denied sexuality in a world where homoerotic elements in literature would have been

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