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Dracula By Bram Stoker Essay

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As the saying goes, “Women can do everything Men can do.” In the Gothic Novel Dracula by Bram Stoker, there is a constant theme of sexuality, from both male and females in society. In the Victorian era, the roles of male and females have caused a lot of tension. After reading Dracula, some would argue the roles men and women hold in society. As mentioned in Dr. Seward’s Dairy from Val Halsing., “Ah, that wonderful Madam Mina! She has man’s brain—a brain that a man should have were he much gifted—and a woman’s heart. The good God fashioned her for a purpose, believe me, when He made that so good combination” (Stoker and Hindle, 2003 250). A women’s mind is not the always the first thing on a males mind. Some would overlook what a woman really has to offer.
In Case's article “Tasting the Original Apple,” it talks about the role that now the new woman has and how it comes into conflict with how men react towards it as stated “Dracula is often read as a largely reactionary response to the threat of autonomous female sexuality posed by the phenomenon of the "New Woman," with its anxieties about female sexuality being most clearly visible in Lucy Westenra's story. Particularly once she has been "vamped," Lucy's sexual assertiveness seems to link her with the New Woman. But Lucy's actions as a vampire, like those of the "awful women" (42) Jonathan encounters at Dracula's castle, perhaps owe less to the specific threat posed by the New Woman's insistence on sexual autonomy than to the ambivalences built into the model of Victorian womanhood from the start. Since ideal womanhood (and the ground of male desire) was characterized by a combination of total sexual purity and at least the potential for passionate devotion to a man, this model risked undermining the supposed grounds of male love at the moment of its consummation” (Case, 1993). Both males and females have had to overcome the challenges that came along with the Count Dracula. We first come into sexuality in the beginning of the novel, with Jonathan Harker. Jonathan Harker is a solicitor; he is in Transylvania to help Dracula. The one-day Jonathan decides to walk around he finds a room and falls asleep. Next, we introduce three women. Some say they are Dracula’s brides. In this scene, sexuality comes into play with Jonathan having to resist temptations from the three women that appeared in the room. Jonathan said, "I felt in my heart a wicked, burning desire that they would kiss me with their red lips… I was afraid to raise my eyelids, but looked out and saw perfectly under the lashes” (Stoker and Hindle, 2003 45). At the time Jonathan is engaged to Mina Murray however Jonathan being a man cannot hold back his true feelings to having three women and the thought he could have them for himself until Dracula steps in. In the article “Productive Fear: Labor, Sexuality, and Mimicry in Bram Stoker's Dracula” by Eric Kwan-Wai Yu, there is a part where it talks about the how sometimes it is not in human...

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