Communion is a Christian ritual where people drink wine and eat bread. A strong comparison exists between Dracula, Satan, and Hindu demons. Dracula suggests modernity and science may have their limits and, faced with the supernatural figure of the Count, Harker fears such limits may have been reached. For example, Van Helsing says that, 'A brave man's blood is the best thing on this earth when a woman is in trouble,' when asking Quincy Morris to give blood to Lucy after she has been turned into a vampire. The Victorian woman was to be pure and virginal. The patriarchal system meant that males had dominance in their homes, specifically over women. Both claimed to rejuvenate the body by purifying the blood.
The Victorian society placed women in a bubble of sexual purity and fragileness, making men the central… 1193 Words 5 Pages Similar to almost every piece of literature ever created, Dracula by Bram Stoker has been interpreted many different ways, being torn at from every angle possible. Women during the Victorian era were expected to be pure until marriage and not show any outward behavior that was considered promiscuous. Throughout the novel, Stoker puts secret Easter eggs of symbolism in order to subliminally get these points across. Of course these parallels are not fully drawn across the entire novel. Victorian culture discriminated against these vagrants, who were seen… 1347 Words 6 Pages During the Victorian era, women were viewed as the very opposite of what a man ought to be. Natural elements like imposing landscapes and wild animals set the scene for this. By essentially giving Lucy two personalities in the novel, Stoker is showing the ease, ability, and potential in which the ideal Victorian woman can be converted into the evil, unchaste, impure, sexual woman of Victorian society.
A man is supposed to be strong and he is supposed to protect women in need. Sexuality and Repression Sexuality in Dracula is complicated, ultimately pointing out the sexual repression of men and women during the Victorian era. Britain had conquered huge areas of Africa, Asia, and North America, and used these colonies to fuel its tremendous military and economic power. Although Stoker's novel was published in 1897, it features many of these elements. Not a single human soul in sight.
They were allowed to engage in premarital and extra martial sex, usually using prostitutes to satisfy their needs outside of their wife. Two centuries later, Barnabas is freed from his prison and emerges into 1972. The Harkers and the rest of naively optimistic Crew of Light are all convinced that Count Dracula and his kind have been vanquished. In Bram Stoker's Dracula, the most blatant and powerful symbol is blood. They held jobs like that of men and helped to break down gender barriers. He wants the woman to take advantage of him, but he feels shame for that, as he struggles with viewing her sexual expressiveness as both desirable and repulsive. Louis is approached by Lestat, an old vampire who wants his company and turns Louis into a vampire and the two become immortal companions.
Through examination of Mina, Lucy, and the daughters of Dracula, we begin to see how Stoker and other Victorians view what they considered to be the ideal Victorian woman. Mina possesses the best of both worlds, but we know that these stereotypes are artifices holding up a society of men and women wishing they could be free to exhibit their identities. Both men and women are sexually repressed, as witnessed by Jonathan Harker's thoughts and actions during his imprisonment at Dracula's castle. For centuries story tellers have used the basic idea of good beats bad to guide their tales. Set against this atmosphere of scientific advance, however, are the intangible concepts of religious faith and the supernatural. The terror that is described in the scene is almost comparable to that of a rape. The vapors flew from out the vent, But Strephon cautious never meant The bottom of the pan to grope, And foul his hands in search of Hope.
Morettimakes it clear that the fear in both books is created by the protagonist ultimately making the reader see that advancing technology, family, and traditions could be compromised by the monsters of the books. The vampire women are voluptuous and highly sexualized; they are free to act on their sexual desires, which is the exact opposite of men and women in Victorian society. Using this unique and macabre way of introducing sex and passion into the novel makes this horror novel to Stoker's delight even more gruesome and terrifying. And it does: during his ride to Dracula's castle, dogs howl, a mysterious blue flame follows the carriage, and a pack of howling wolves surrounds it. The female vampires represent female sexuality.
Much like the ideas of Victorians, in Dracula the sexual and unchaste women are depicted as evil; the pure and chaste women are depicted as strong, heroic, and steadfast in relationships. This amount of work was completely disregarded by men and women were still viewed as property to own rather than a human being. At the height of English imperialism, pure blood in the Victorian period became attached to notions of national health and superior fitness. Stoker's objective with using blood as the main symbol is to confuse and distress readers. Illinois: Pearson Education, Inc, 2011. Long before Bram Stokers Dracula, there was Carmella, the lesbian vampire. Dracula gets to Lucy and turns her into an extremely sexual vampire.
Stoker takes the significance of this symbol and puts his own unique twist to the meaning of blood. The bread symbolizes the body of Christ and wine is his blood. Daily mail, 1897 So, how does Dracula reflect Victorian era? Although Stoker may have wanted the book to end with a tone of smug satisfaction and may have thought it did there is a contradiction for many passages and themes explored in the novel are left unresolved. To begin with, sex as a subject was not at all discussed. This whole new sexual ideology was made in contrast to that of the parasitic, autocratic of feudalism who were seen as sexually depraved, morally corrupt and spiritually unwell. In fact, it is so important that it is no wonder that Stoker stresses the importance of God and Christianity so heavily in Dracula. Dracula reflects the paranoia of the Victorian era; the figure of Count Dracula is both a timeless vision of evil and the incarnation of turn-of-the-century England's strongest fears.