Female Sexuality

The female sexuality plays the very important role in both DRACULA and MAXIMUM GAGA. They both talk about the virginity and dissoluteness in female sexuality, but have different views about it. In DRACULA, only virginity is accepted; dissoluteness is completely intolerable. Stoker thinks virginity is very precious, and he want the readers know that women will be punished for being lascivious, so each female character has different ending in terms of their virginity. In MAXIMUM GAGA, Lara didn’t give an exact attitude about the virginity and dissoluteness in female sexuality; she thinks they can exist at the same time.

In DRACULA, the general content is about the fighting between Dracula and humans, since Dracula tries to transform all the female characters into vampires. The language of the book is not very sexual, but the word “Voluptuousness” did shows up a lot in the book. The female characters, Mina, Lucy and the three sisters, they have different personalities, different attitude to love, and different virginity. When Dracula tried to transform them into vampires, they experience different processes and have different endings.

Mina, Jonathan Harker’s wife, is the purest one. She doesn’t have a strong desire of sexuality. She really loves his husband, and it seems all she cares in her life is him. During the time Jonathan was in Transylvania, Mina was so anxious about him. She shows her care of her love in the journals and the letters to Lucy that “I am very sad. There was no letter for me. I hope there cannot be anything the matter with Jonathan (Stoker, 77).” There is no description about Mina being sexual. She is purest woman in the book, and gives a very good impression to others. Van Helsing states that “She (Mina) i...

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...racters get different endings, based on their different sexuality behaviors. The pure one got a happy life, but the dissipated one dead tragically. In MAXIMUM GAGA, Lara think virginity and dissoluteness are not contradictory, women can have both of them. In my own view, I’d agree with Stoker that virginity is precious, but it doesn’t mean Lara’s view is wrong. The dissoluteness and virginity can exist together, but not in my case. As what I said above, the female sexuality is a controversial topic. There is no exact answer for it. It always depends on individuals.

Works Cited

Bram Stoker, DRACULA, Published by Qualitas Publishing 195 Vardiff Drive N.W. Calgary,

Alberta, Canada, First Published, 1897, First Published as a Qualitas Classic,


Lara Glenum, MAXIMUM GAGA, Action Books, Department of English, Notre Dame, IN 46556, 2008
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