The women through the book go through a very sad transformation for the worse, from being ladies of purtity to being a whore.There's not a lot of women in Dracula, but Stroker puts them in several types of specific ways. I believe that Stoker puts the very few women of Dracula in the Madonna and Whore situation. Mina, who is a shy and soft spoken type of girl. She spends days and nights waiting to hear what's happening with her love Jonathon. The fact that Mina is so pure, it's supposed to be the total opposite to what Dracula bride's said at the beginning of the book, who try ruin Harkers plan of saving himself for marriage.
In the late 19th century, when Dracula by Bram Stoker is written, women were only perceived as conservative housewives, only tending to their family’s needs and being solely dependent of their husbands to provide for them. This novel portrays that completely in accordance to Mina Harker, but Lucy Westenra is the complete opposite. Lucy parades around in just her demeanor as a promiscuous and sexual person. While Mina only cares about learning new things in order to assist her soon-to-be husband Jonathan Harker. Lucy and Mina both become victims of vampirism in the novel.
But why this attitude? I believe it is the aggressive sexuality that the vampire Lucy displays that ... ... middle of paper ... ...in excluding her from their undertakings, and include her again. However, now that she is infected with vampire blood and is capable of reading Dracula's mind, the men both fear and need her. They are forced to accept her in the public realm, but the quest is to eventually rid her of evil influence and restore her purity again, that is, to turn her back into the virtuous woman who will stay in the dominion of the home and not pose a threat to men. The end of this novel is the restoration of a world as the Victorians know it: the vampire destroyed, the women rid of their evil sexual desires and kept out of the dangerous world outside their homes, and the men safe and free in a male-dominated world, playing their exclusive gallant, intelligent, and adventurous roles.
She becomes a sex crazed feign the men must destroy, to k... ... middle of paper ... ... her life is spared in the end. The two contradicting roles the women play are used as ambiguous symbol for how women should act, where their proper place is and what happens if deviated. In conclusion, one can’t help by pick up on the undeniable sexual referencing in Dracula. Many of these references were unnecessary and consistently surrounding the women. Leaving the reader no choice to suspect a possible ulterior motive.
Dracula and The Distrust Between the Sexes "Unpleasant experiences with the opposite sex seem to be unavoidable" (Horney 342). This quote from Karen Horney's essay The Distrust Between the Sexes seems to be discussing Dracula. Though her essay, (a lecture originally given to the German's Women Medical Association in November 1930), does not mention Dracula directly, the points that she argued can be transposed onto Bram Stoker's Dracula. In her essay, Horney asserts that men are very concerned with self-preservation, and also that men have an innate fear of women in power positions and therefore do what they can to prevent women from obtaining "power positions,"; these two points are applicable to Dracula. Karen Horney observes that "because of our instinct for self-preservation, we all have a natural fear of losing ourselves in another person" (340).
Carlisle is head of the coven that brings in the money and power while Esme is the stay at home peace maker. Rosalie is the beauty and Emmett is the strength, jasper is the informative one while Alice is his mirror. Bella isn’t the only one we see with feminist problems. All females in the series are apparently degrading, te only ting they hav in common with the males re that they are vampires who have just as much potential as their husbands. The baffling part here I why didn’t Meyer let them stand on the same level with what the dominant men have
"As the Count leaned over me and his hands touched me a horrible feeling of nausea came over me, which, do what I would, I could not conceal. "(Chapter 2, pg. 20) Count Dracula managed to surprise you with something new or some sort of new power he has. Unlike the rest of the characters, Dracula stands out because he is evil and he does not have a heart surely because he is undead as Van Helsing explains. But what does Dracula really represent?
The vampire literature as a whole has changed genres since its beginning. The new vampire seems to owe its origins to Ann Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire”, whereas the old vampire began with Stoker’s “Dracula.” A few centuries ago, the archetype of the vampire in literature would be Dracula. There were some stories about vampires before Dracula and many right after, but the image and personality of Dracula has become the archetype of the vampire as a monster, and has become what every writer bases the vampire on. The old vampire is drastically different from the one that is hugely popular today, especially considering what the archetype of the vampire is now and what it was 100 years
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
However, the originality of Stoker's Dracula is in doubt. By a similarity in the setting, characters and plot, in Bram Stoker’s Gothic work Dracula and the posthumously published short story “Dracula’s Guest,” Stoker is shown to have used Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic, Gothic, short story, “Carmilla”, as the basis and inspiration for Bram Stoker’s vampiric masterpiece, Dracula. In 1897, Abraham Stoker published Dracula, a classic Gothic novel which continues to capture the hearts and imaginations of readers after nearly a century. The novel is written as a collection of journals, which are kept in a wide array of methods, letters and newspaper clippings. Dracula opens in Eastern Europe with a young solisitor named Jonathan Harker traveling to Transylvanian castle.