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Dracula The Stereotypical Homosexual Essay

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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 seen as the preface to sex where Jonathon is the woman being taken care of by the male and undressed by the male and taken to bed. Now Jonathon’s mind is set on how the brides or females are the issue, “nothing can be more dreadful than those awful women, who were- who are- waiting to suck my blood” (Stoker 48) and male companionship is the logical solution. Through this Dracula can have his companion be celibate without fear of the bride’s advances, now Jonathon is his.

Dracula feeds only on women as seen in the novel. By taking control of the women that these three men share deep feelings for, Mina and Lucy. This makes Dracula the one in control of power he toys with these women’s lives creating a hatred toward him from the male members of the crew. By taking control over the women that everyone cares for makes the spotlight shine on Dracula as they try to save the women, Lucy and Mina. The male members must chase Dracula across Britain and Europe to try to get them back, Dracula is playing a game of cat and mouse with the men, as soon as they get close to what they seek it is ripped away. Dracula is the flirtatious female taunting the men with something they desire but cannot get. Dracula taunts the men on how he...

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