Homosexuality And Ideas In Bram Stoker's Dracula

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When Bram Stoker wrote his novel Dracula in the later half of the nineteenth century, he could not possibly have fathomed its continuing success for so many years to come. When asking the question what makes a story a valued text you must first ask what does in mean to be valued? Value is defined as having worth in usefulness or importance to the possessor. Dracula is recognised as possessing great worth, or I would not be writing about it now. Dracula has been accepted by our culture as something of value for many reasons. These include; its literary structure, it is an insight into late 19th century values and ideas, as it is one of the best examples of gothic literature ever published, the sexual undertones, and also its appropriation…show more content…
This being so the penetration of Dracula’s fangs replaces sexual intercourse in a physical and symbolic manner. Throughout the entire novel there is a very strong sexual undercurrent some more obvious than others. Certainly the most lurid and revealing passage in Harker's journal is his encounter the three seductresses. During this scene, there is evidence that all aspects of “forbidden sex” such as homosexuality, blurring of genders, lust and incest are present. Even during the decapitation of Lucy, there are hidden sexual meanings. Though the detailed account is never explicitly sexual, it is hard for an alert reader to avoid noticing their sexual suggestiveness. Arthur plunges his stake into Lucy’s body, driving it deeper and deeper. Seward records “The body shook and quivered and twisted in wild contortions.” These prominent sexual themes lure many a reader to “Dracula”, as for the gothic theme it allows the reader to make a protected contact with these sexual ideas in a sense experiencing “safe thrills.” The fact that Count Dracula is the sexual predator of members of the bourgeoisie has significance as at this time the middle classes defined themselves against the aristocracy through self-regulation of behaviours, particularly sexual behaviour as is prescribed within the Christian
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