Dracula the Stereotypical Homosexual

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In Bram Stokers Dracula, the Count Dracula represents a homosexual figure, which in Victorian times was seen as an inversion of the “typical” male figure. Diana Kindron states the Victorian idea of a homosexual was one of a male body being fused with a female soul. This is just what Count Dracula represents in Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula. By Amanda Podonsky, “The Count seems to be an exaggerated representation of the concept concerning ‘evils’ of abnormality and how it can spread and infect.” This says how Dracula represents the fear of Victorians at that time of something abnormal, in this case homosexuality. Bram Stoker writes the Count in the existence of that fear. He is a poison looking to infect all of England, “Through them I have come to know your great England, and to know her is to love her” (Stoker 26) with his abnormality, homosexual tendencies. This opens up the fear to Victorians that homosexualism when brought into a pure society can create large scale corruption as stated by Amanda Podonsky. Dracula’s brides advance on Jonathon seducing him vivaciously towards sex or feeding, when Dracula enters the room and claims Jonathon as his own, “How dare you touch him when I have forbidden it? This man belongs to me! Beware how you meddle with him, or you’ll have to deal with me! (Stoker 47).” This verbal attack by the count on his brides suggest that Dracula owns Jonathon and they cannot feed on him. Women tend to make the sexual advances as homosexuality was frowned upon at this time so Stoker doesn’t explicitly have Dracula make the advances onto Jonathon but instead Dracula is the hero. Dracula stops the confrontation and carries Jonathon to his bed and undresses him for which Jonathon is grateful. Which almost is s... ... middle of paper ... ...t he dines without Jonathon every night that Jonathon is his captive. The blood of a male representative is preferred whether it be through the female vessel that the men pour into or the male symbolism of a wolf the Count may not need strictly male blood but he seems to favour it. This is more of a stereotype at the homosexual population. Since they are a homosexual they no longer participate in what is deemed normal, such as eating Works Cited Stoker, Bram Dracula. New York: Signet Classics, 1978. Print. Kindron, Diana. "Stoker's Use of Homoerotic Behavior in Dracula to Relieve Feelings of Guilt Over Oscar Wilde." Yahoo Contributor Network. N.p., 26 Mar. 2007. Web. 25 Mar. 2014. Podonsky, Amanda M. "Bram Stoker's Dracula: A Reflection and Rebuke of Victorian Society." Student Pulse: The International Student Journal. N.p., 2010. Web. 25 Mar. 2014.

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