Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. The end of the nineteenth century brought drastic developments that forced English society to question the systems of belief that had governed it for centuries.
Abstracts Abstract Readers of Dracula have been assured repeatedly that the novel is all about sex. Indeed, every sexual practice, fantasy and fear imaginable has been thrust upon its pages: Words have been twisted to yield new meanings, passages have been examined out of context, and gaps in the text have been declared intentional omissions.
The preponderance of such readings of Dracula demands re-assessment. While it would be folly to deny any erotic content in a novel about biting and sucking, the incessant pursuit of this path has led us down the slippery slope of revisionist biography and reductive textual nit-picking.
Article body Imagine a Dracula in which wooden stakes are wooden stakes, and blood is merely blood. This is not an easy task when we consider the extent to which the text has been pushed to the brink of total libidinal abandon.
If we take Bram Stoker at his word, we must assume he did not deliberately intend his novel to be concerned with sex.
Scholars disagree on whether the author of Dracula was aware of any sexual subtext of his novel. On the one hand, Maurice Richardson doubts that Stoker had any inkling of the erotic content of the vampire superstition Indeed, every imaginable sexual practice, fantasy and fear has been thrust upon the pages of the novel: In some cases, words have been twisted to yield new meanings, whole passages have been examined out of context, and gaps in the text have been declared intentional omissions.
The incessant pursuit of sexual innuendo has led some down the slippery slope of reductive textual nitpicking and revisionist biography. This initiated an avalanche of psychoanalytical readings of Dracula during the s. More significant than Wolf in terms of impact on future scholarship were two articles originally published in mainstream academic journals in These early psychoanalytical readings of Dracula focus for the most part on universal anxieties encoded in the text.
Later scholars began to explore the novel as an expression of the specific concerns of late Victorian England with regard to issues of sex and gender. Feminist critics, focusing in part on what the text reveals about Victorian attitudes towards women, borrowed heavily from psychosexual readings.
Not surprisingly, some of these critics read the text as misogynous. Judith Weissman, for example, sees it as a representation of the male fear of female sexuality: Their fight to destroy Dracula and to restore Mina to her purity is really a fight for control over women.
Every possible variation has been explored. Others have viewed sexuality in the novel in terms of late Victorian anxieties about degeneration, atavism, evolutionary theory, and reverse colonization. While it would be folly to deny any erotic potential in Dracula it is, after all, a novel about biting and suckingit is possible to go too far.
Arthur took the stake and the hammer, and when once his mind was set on action his hands never trembled nor even quivered [Oct 25, · In Dracula, female vampires represent women sexuality and vampirism merely masks man’s forbidden fantasies.
Though Dracula makes up the horror aspect of the novel, the true ‘terror’ lies in the awakening of female sexuality. The Threat of Female Sexual Expression Most critics agree that Dracula is, as much as anything else, a novel that indulges the Victorian male imagination, particularly regarding the topic of female sexuality.
Like the vampire ladies of Castle Dracula, her repressed sexuality comes to the surface, and she becomes the sexual aggressor—women in weren't supposed to be the ones to ask for kisses; they were supposed to be kissed.
Nov 23, · What's interesting, to me, is that vampires have gone from representing the dangers of female sexuality (Dracula, after all, killed women only after turning them into the Victorian equivalent of. Dracula Quotes About Sexuality, Women & Gender Bram Stoker's Dracula explores themes of sexuality, women, and gender through the development of the male and female characters in .
Written in the late 19th century Brom Stokers Dracula the danger of female sexuality was put on display. Brom stokers Dracula dealt a lot with Victorian women and how they were belittle.