The sisters are a prime example of how Victorian men are weakened by aggressive sexy women. When Harker is dominated by the sultry vampires, Stoker creates a gender role switch. For example during the Victorian times woman are not forthcoming and sexy, they are plain, kind and loving and the men dominate them. However in this case it is the women who dominate Harker. Though he loves Mina, he still longs to be with the sisters.
In his novel, Dracula, Bram Stoker is no different from other horror writers. The known women in the story are both sexualized, and victimized. Stoker takes one of the main characters, Lucy Westenra, and after her death at Dracula's hands, see her transformed from silly girl ready to marry, into a seductress trying to gain victims. She's dehumanized in more than one way. Dracula's “brides,” on the other hand, are never seen as human in any sense of the word.
What values and attitudes are explored within Stoker’s Dracula? How might context have influenced Stoker’s vision? Bram Stoker’s Dracula is, if nothing else, an extraordinary exploration of the values and attitudes at turn-of-the 20th Century London. Stoker portrays the collision of two disparate worlds - the Count’s ancient Transylvania and the protagonist’s rapidly modernising London - along with a variety of other symbols in order to highlight the primary anxieties that characterised his age: the dangers of female sexuality, the ramifications of scientific and technological advancement and the impacts of abandoning religion. Stoker makes continued use of symbols and objects throughout the novel in order to further strengthen on this idea.
Lucy bends her head inviting Dracula to her room; Dracula makes love to her. Ultimately, this betrayal will lead to Lucy’s death because Dracula will continue to suck the life from her. Lucy’s character embodies femininity, and, therefore, she lacks the strength to counter Count Dracula. In addition, when the vampiric Lucy is approached by Holmwood in her tomb, she tries to seduce him in order to get him to protect her from the others. To the men, she has become a “monster” as well, and their desire for her is manifested in their obsession with destroying
The Weird Sister -The three mistress vampires -encountered in Dracula’s castle represent all the qualities of how a woman should not be; voluptuous and sexually aggressive IV. Forward Women A. - “The fair girl went on her knees and bent over me, fairly gloating. There was a deliberate voluptuousness which was both thrilling and repulsive, and as she arched her neck, she actually licked her lips like an animal, till I could see in the moonlight the moisture shining on the scarlet lips and on the red tongue as it lapped the white, sharp, teeth” (Stoker 50). -mixed feelings men had towards forward women
Frankenstein and Bladerunner challenges the notions of “men of genius” and raises the critical concern of the dangers of obtaining and acting upon scientific knowledge. It questions how these men of genius can allow themselves to free reign to experiment and interfere with the mysteries of life itself. This can be seen as a ‘Prometheus linking’ motif as both scientists Victor and Tyrrell strive for perfection and are unconcerned with the
She was obsessed with immortality and youth. Another trait that Stoker brought into his novel. As far as fiction goes, Dracula is by far one of the darkest most horrific tales, yet, very entertaining. To know that the character alone is based off of some of the cruelest people in world history still to this day astounds me. However, what is interesting is how vampires have gone from being hated and feared dark monsters of the night to the romanticized creatures of young girl's dreams.
Some people assume that he does not believe in miracles but he does not say this he just says you have to be careful about the difference between a ‘miracle’ and something extraordinary happening. Hume’s argument on miracles was written in his essay ‘Of Miracles’, he rated his argument very highly, claiming that it was an argument that “which, if just, will, with the wise and learned, be an everlasting check to all kinds of superstitious delusion and consequently, will be useful as long as the world endures.” To understand Hume’s argument against miracles we have to understand his definition as his argument is based on his understand of ‘miracles’ and his understanding of ‘the laws of nature’. He defines a miracle “as a transgression of the law of nature by a particular volition of the Deity, or by the interposition of some invisible agent.” Hume’s argument against the likelihood of miracles rests on his use of induction. This is explained in ‘The Question of God’ by Micheal Palmer, he explains that “It is…a fundamental principle of inductive reasoning that the more I see A followed but B, the greater is my expectation that A will be followed by B in the future. That I expect a rubber ball to bounce is dependent on my having seen the rubber ball bounce not once but many times.
In Cat’s Cradle, science leads to the end of the world by the creation of ice-nine by Felix Hoenikker. The destruction comes about despite efforts of people such as Bokonon, who try to get people to live their lives by loving one another. Felix is a character representing science and does not deal with the abstract. In contrast, Mona represents religion by believing the lies of Bokononism and treating everyone with love and equality. Dr. von Koenigswald is a “bad scientist,” who represents the hybrid between science and religion.
Ibbetson makes a blatant appeal to authority by saying that lack of god in the debate over stem cell research will lead to “…an ending point worse than past atrocities.” Not only does Ibbetson contradict himself by having earlier criticized Bush for basing his stance on stem cell research on his religious beliefs, he also manages to somehow tie Hitler back into the debate, although far more subtly this time around through the use of the phrase “past atrocities.” When taking an outward perspective at the argument Ibbetson makes one can realize how ridiculous it truly is. Aside from actually providing any legitimate solutions, Ibbetson essentially states that Stem cell research is a godless and vile science and in Obama’s support of it he will only succeed in reenacting actions brought forth by Hitler. Based merely on the first amendment alone Ibbetson’s final statement clearly has no place in the real life debate on stem cell research, however aside from that its only purpose is the same as any of his other arguments, to demonize those that actually support stem cells by essentially stating they are going against