Sexuality In Dracula Essay

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Jan. 11 2002 Sexuality in Dracula Is there a relationship between eroticism and the evil being known as the vampire? Of all the assorted "monsters" of fiction, the only one overtly associated with sex, is the vampire. The act of the vampire plunging its teeth into the neck of its victim can be seen as a sexual act. A bond is formed between the two in contact similar to the ones created during marriage and or sexual intercourse. Such an act of giving one self to another allows the two beings to become one. In vampire reproduction it is only the male vampire that is able to create other vampires. During this reproducing, the blood often symbolizes semen. After the initial "biting", the vampire allows his lust to build by denying himself the pleasure of the flesh thus exercising control of his inhibitions. Full sexual satisfaction doesn't happen until he completely kills his victim, withdrawing all the blood. Female vampires have victims as well, but in this case there is no reproduction. There is a very strong link between sexuality and vampirism. The act of the vampire using its victim for its own pleasure is a very intimate act. The vampire has to invade its victim's private space and penetrate the skin before reaching the blood. The blood is sexually important or even arousing in this case, as it symbolizes the blood shed from a virgin during her first sexual encounter.In the novel Dracula by Bram Stroker, sexuality and eroticism are frequently used as an important part of vampirism. Stoker uses sexuality in how he depicts the vampires seduction of their victims, the destroying of the vampires, the reproduction of vampires and by the thoughts and acts of the characters in the novel The first major encounter of sexuality in Dracula is seen when Jonathon Harker is visiting count Dracula in Transylvania. As Jonathon is exploring the castle he enters a room where he lays down on a couch and falls into an unconscious state. As Jonathon is in this trance, he has a vision of three beautiful and sexy women. The women whom Jonathon encounter are three female vampires who belong to Dracula. During this scene Stoker writes that Jonathon is sexually aroused by the vampires even though he is in love with his girlfriend Mina. Jonathon describes the vampire's lips as being "voluptuous", meaning "full of delight or pleasure to the senses". By the thoughts of Jonathon it can be said that he desired the vampires, and when the one vampire bent over to "kiss" him he did not prevent her from what she was about to do as though he was longing for her kiss. This scene is very intimate and the hunger of the vampires for Jonathon's blood is very lustful which ties into the theme of sexuality. The vampire and Jonathon nearly "kissing" has a lot of sexual content contained in it as Stoker describes the sensations Jonathon receives from the lips of the vampire. With the sexual imagery brought upon the reader by Stoker, it is very easy to visualize this scene. Although the...

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