The supporters of the old vampire want Dracula to be a monster. The supporters of the new vampire on the other hand like it to be a beautiful creature that does not want to hurt people (Kristjansdottir “Vampire in Lit.”). The idea of an undead night stalker that feeds on human blood has been around for centuries and endures to this day. Numerous countries and cultures across the
Bram Stoker has created such an effective piece of Gothic Writing as the reader can feel how it would be if they were in the same predicament as some of the characters such as Mina and Jonathan. The conventions express one’s feelings out clear like all the opinions in the journals and the letters to each other. Suspense and fear are something that people express in their own way, not everyone can find the same thing frightening. Some people may just be scared of seeing Dracula and the way he kills everyone by sucking their blood, other people may fear turning into a vampire or becoming a victim. He tries to make us see how it would feel like, if there was a blood thirsty monster staring at you, ready to pounce!
However popular, the vampire-as-monster theme has not always been the primary way of employing this motif. The vampire of the English Romantics served more as symbol or as a metaphor rather than an actual character that haunted the night, plunging his fangs into the neck of unsuspecting victims to drain them of their life's blood (South 251). Indeed, the use of vampirism symbolically could actually be considered a "stock literary motif" in the nineteenth century (Grudin 52). The themes of sex and violence that are the essence of the vampire serve to expose the sexual and psychological uneasiness that reside deep inside human beings through interaction with these creatures (South 251). This creature is used as an element in nineteenth-century literature as a combination of all of the classic elements that distinguish the vampire from other creatures and to examine human experience.
Homoeroticism and Vampirism Throughout time Vampire fiction has served as a great resource for dealing with our own feelings of what can be fearful. As of recently, vampires are viewed as sparkly sex icons, less fearful, and more lustful. This lust is not just toward heterosexual vampires looking for thirst, but homosexual as well. Starting with undertones in the 18th century with Polidori and Byrons’ relationship to Carmilla finally leading to the 20th century relationships in Interview with the Vampire and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Homoeroticism has been a huge factor when it comes to vampirism and sexuality, are authors purposefully making these vampires homosexual?
Within the works of Interview with the Vampire and The Picture of Dorian Gray, there are many found commonalities. These two books are well known for their risky content as well as for their beautiful word usage. To compare, both Anne Rice and Oscar Wilde present a character in their stories whom contains the trait to never grow out of his or her youthful beauty and demeanor. In The Picture of Dorian Gray, the character happens to go by the name of Dorian Gray. Likewise, in Interview with the Vampire, the character’s name is Claudia.
The relationship between Dracula and Mina is far from romantic and is further complicated by the underlying sexual nature of Dracula’s night visit to Mina. But, as vampires became more desirable as suitors in supernatural pop culture, the relationship between the alluring feminine being and the masculine immortal vampire shifted. The differentiating aspect between the relationships of characters in Dracula and The Vampire Diaries is that Elena’s love triangle features reciprocated romantic interest from all three persons and is not modeled after Mina’s unpleasant relationship with
As noted in the beginning of The Scarlet Randhawa 2 Letter, Hester Prynne mentions that never loves Roger Chillingworth, (Hawthorne 63). As a consequence, in Hester Prynne’s eyes, her marriage is a false relationship. But afterwards, when her husband hides the reality of their relati... ... middle of paper ... ...l is unworthy of heaven, which also means that he does not depict any aspect of morality. Ultimately, the negative portrayal of Roger Chillingworth’s character distinguishes him as a vampire. After analyzing The Scarlet Letter, Roger Chillingworth is the ideal vampiric figure, supporting Thomas Foster’s perspective about vampirism from his book, How to Read Literature Like a Professor.
This is a facet of the vampire, which creates a "greatly desired and equally strongly feared fantasy" (Glennis Byron, 1996) within the society of the Victorian era. Harker’s approaching by three v... ... middle of paper ... ...sumes nothing so ravenously as itself." Therefore these examples show how the qualities of the vampire manifest fear and how society responds to it. Through an examination of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula and Jonathan Demme’s film Silence of the Lambs, there is an analysis into how the qualities of the vampire manifest fear and how this shapes the manner in which society responds to it. This is achieved through a feminist reading of the overt sexuality that accompanies the vampire coupled with a psychoanalytical reading of psychological acuity.
The existence of vampires is significant to occultism as it is the element of the supernatural. There are also references to religion from the start as the first few chapters of the text explains that there are religious symbols such as crucifixes and the church are also mentioned numerous times. The setting of Dracula’s home is described as a mansion which is an archetypal scene for a gothic novel. In both of the novels, it appears that the want to be young and immortal is always linked with evil, for example with Dorian Grey he starts with being a good character and once he becomes obsessed with his youth, he turns evil. With Dracula he is a vampire and is immortal and seeks other people to also become vampires, which shows that the people are being controlled against their own will and shows Dracula to also be evil.
The idea of the vampire has shifted so drastically over the course of time, from fear to an admiration of a creature that could kill you in seconds. In the popular culture of today, the vampire is something attractive that girls pine after and want to be since there are a multitude of romance novels printed today with the male leads being portrayed as a