This is almost like an epic poem. The theme in this case is of good
versus evil. The evil has almost supernatural powers yet the good
triumph over it. The good consists of ordinary men, god fearing and
courageous. They are consistent in their effort to stamp out evil. In
the end they triumph over evil even though the evil is very strong.
This theme slowly and steadily gathers momentum until it becomes
clearer in the end.
In Dracula, Bram Stoker emphasizes how as the daylight ends, the
horror begins, for from the depths of the swirling mist, he (Dracula)
appears, his pointed teeth gleaming as he edges towards his victims.
This is Count Dracula the King of the Un- dead - the dreaded vampire.
Centuries old, he walks the earth to quench his insatiable thirst for
the blood that gives him life.
The style of the author is simple, in a narrative manner the story of
Dracula unfolds. Stoker is almost autobiographical in context, where
he projects himself into all of the major characters of Dracula. His
family is thrown into the hued characters of the book and bristles
with repression, apprehension of homosexuality, devouring women and
rejecting mothers. The style is vastly descriptive especially the
physical aspects. His style especially the sexual tension in the
scenes not only titillates with its potential for homo-erotic union,
but also arouses the characterî–¸ hidden wells of sexuality and fantasy,
which were earlier unspoken of amongst Victorians.
Stoker exposes the sexual aspect of the book by making the women (the
three women vampires) usurp the male prerogative of initiating sex. It
shatters the myth that only fallen women can experience ecstasy. The
stalking of Lucy violates the taboo on depicting passionate
intercourse ending in orgasm. Yet, Stoker does not show real sex,
there is no lovemaking. Stokerî–¸ genius was to develop a coded
eroticism covering it in the supernatural, and then shrug off all
social responsibility by obliterating the authorî–¸ voice.
In this paper I will examine Stokerâ€²s novel Dracula in order to
determine whether it belongs to the Gothic genre or not.
Firstly, a short history of the Gothic novel will be presented and the
most important authors and works of the era will be mentioned.
Furthermore, the different characteristics of the Gothic genre will be
examined in order to compare them with Stokerâ€²s work. Aspects like
nature, surroundings, atmosphere, the role of the women in the Gothic
novel, the Gothic villain, will be compared with the elements found in
Another question that will have to be answered is, what makes Gothic
novels so attractive. The breaking of certain taboos is essential to
accomplish this atmosphere of danger and fear, and it will be examined
whether Dracula contains any of...