The film contains strong sexual content, but according to Pirie (2008) does more than parade nudity, rather the film, with its strong rain soaked vegetation, employs a vivid natureous scene, along with, the violent sexual nature of the vampires. The film, was later re-released as Daughters of Dracula, and many similarities can be drawn with the film, Dracula, in terms of its theme and in terms of its props, such as, according to Pirie (2008) the castle like house and the elegant goblets of wine. Within this film, one of the female vampires becomes so obsessed with her partner that she cannot keep her hands off him, aware that with every bite she takes; he becomes weaker and weaker, thus demonstrating the violent sexual nature of the vampire. Indeed, in one scene, another vampire girl is seen literally prising the lifeless figure of her partner from the arms of another vampire, who has drained his body of all
Dracula diffidently contains gloom and horror. There are wolves howling at the Count’s command, Jonathan gets trapped in a room with the three female vampires, and the females cackle is spooky. The presence of gore also proves that Dracula contains horror. Dracula drinks blood, and to kill the vampires stakes where driven through their hearts. Dracula is Gothic literature
As will be shown, mostly the ideas of symbolism for blood will center on the actions done to and by the characters. With symbolism for blood as seen by Bram Stoker, sex seems to stand out as a major factor of symbolism for blood. This mostly affects the characters like Dracula and the group of Van Helsing, Dr. Jack, Arthur and Quincey. For Dracula and the symbolism of blood as sex, it is seen for Dracula more as a single more unclean thought of the word. When Dracula bites certain victims such as when he attacks Lucy and Mina, it symbolizes him having a sexual interaction with these two women.
Bram Stoker's book Dracula represents vampires in an evil aspect while Stephanie Meyer's Twilight represents in a lovely way. Stoker has rendered the reader to see the Count as physically strong and powerful, through Jonathan Harker and his confinement and Lucy Westenra and her failing health. Although the reader does not understand all the omniscient powers and control that Count Dracula possesses over people, they are brought to light through Dr Steward’s accounts of his patient R.M. Renfield. The ‘strange and sudden
FEMALE SEXUAL REPRESSION IN DRACULA Women in Bram Stoker’s Dracula are primarily presented in two ways: There is the sexual being created solely with the aid Dracula’s vampire influence, and the device manipulated and virtually exploited by the men throughout the novel to contribute to the fight between Dracula and Van Helsing and his companions. This battle is not only the literal battle between Dracula and the men, but it is primarily a battle for the empowerment of women, both sexually and intellectually a fight against the constricting social boundaries which forced men and women into their respective roles. Dracula’s bite enables women to become sexual penetrators. Using their sharp teeth to penetrate men, the reverse the traditional gender roles and placemen in the passive position customarily reserved for women. The instance when Mina drinks from Dracula’s breast is the strongest example of this; where the reader to this point is accustomed to Dracula doing the “biting”, and suddenly Mina has the power to penetrate a male.
These stories were written in “response to cultural guilt and to atone for imperial sins”. (Arata, 623) Arata's article explains to the reader, quite clearly, how Count Dracula's invasion of England and his seduction and conquering of it's people symbolize the fear and terror held by the British that those who had been colonized would begin to penetrate their society and blur the lines between the high class English and everyone else. Arata's article shows the reader how intent Bram Stoker was to address the “Eastern Question”. By placing Dracula castle in Transylvania, he very deliberately brought his Victorian reader's attention to the Carpathians which was the site of much “political turbulence and racial strife”. (Arata, 627) Also, Stoker gave Dracula a double status of vampire and warrior or conqueror.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula It’s very clear to me that Dracula meets the criteria for ‘gothic horror.’ I could give examples of that using all six elements of gothic horror but I’ll use Supernatural, Main Character/Madness, and Evil because I felt they were most important. Supernatural involving otherworldly characters that defy natural laws, Main Character/Madness due to the risk of going mad from the extreme pressures of a threatening situation and evil since there is an atmosphere of fear and dread that evil will prevail over good. The movie starts out in the 15th Century where Dracula a member of the Order of the Dragon is victorious over a battle with the Turks, though many of his men died during battle he prevailed uttering “God be praised! I am victorious!” When Dracula returns from battle his wife, Elizabetta has thought him dead, so she throws herself off her balcony and committing suicide is a horrible sin in Christian faith. It is there that Dracula in a burst of anger stabs the cross, and renounces God and everything pure.
Twilight has integrated itself as a part of modern teen culture in a way that could only be rivalled by the likes of Buffy. This is largely due to it’s relatable, yet aspirational characters and twisting love story. Audiences have such an affiliation with the character’s in Twilight, they have split into two rival camps; ‘Team Edward’ and ‘Team Jacob’. Based on the Twilight love triangle and the traditional rivalry between vampires and werewolves, fans separate between themselves into these teams often by wearing clothing offered by fansites, with phrases like “TEAM EDWARD (except when Jacob is shirtless)”. The Vampire Diaries website has a merchandise store, from which you can buy the full boxset of DVDs, mugs and t shirts with The Vampire Diaries logos and characters on.
Two significant gothic works include Bram Stoker’s infamous story Dracula and Christabel a long narrative poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s. This essay will discuss these texts in relation to specific gothic tropes that surround the female protagonists and how they compare and contrast. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a classic example of gothic tropes in literature; published in 1897 the story is set in England and Eastern Europe. The main female protagonist character Miss Mina Murray/Harker is a young meek schoolmistress who marries the male protagonist and both are victimized by Count Dracula. Miss Lucy Westenra is Mina’s best friend and subsequently opposite in characteristics; she is a vivacious young woman who becomes Dracula’s first victim.
The period in which Frankenstein was written was also a time of great change. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley questions the suppression of the working class and the creature’s hunting down of Frankenstein can be seen as representative of the rise of this working class. The gothic novel rose to popularity in the late eighteenth century, partly due to a desire to escape the reality of the terrific events of the French Revolution through literary extremes, and its many elements are reflected in the novel, Frankenstein. The gothic novel can be considered an amalgamation of elements of romance, the natural and supernatural, monstrous all set in a landscape of macabre and desolation. Although the setting of Frankenstein cannot be considered desolate and macabre the themes of the natural and supernatural are certainly prevalent.