Thus, violence is not as “excessive” here, but plays as a stimulus to present Carter’s feminist view. However in contrast with this Carter presents us with a very uncanny male protagonist, and his compulsion to the “ruby choker.” During the honeymoon, he is shown to “kiss them before he kissed” her. Carter is said to have used his obsession to the jewels in order to foreshadow the plans of beheading the young girl. And therefore it could be said that the Marquis’ constant ﬁxation with the choker represents his inherit violent nature, and so Carter abolishes the readers expectations of love and passion and links it with the Marquis’ thirst for the murder of young women. In addition
“With a careless motion she flung to the ground, callous as a devil, the child that up to now she had clutched strenuously to her breast p 234” Looking at this quote you can see that it entirely reinforces the idea that women are portrayed to be “devilish” characters when contaminated by Dracula indeed the majority of vampires in the novel are female except for Dracula. A very important theme in the novel is “The Fear of Female Sexuality” where men are put in the position where their sexes
By the monster killing William, the monster is representing Frankenstein’s evil side in the most malicious way. Victor’s fear of sex is also evident throughout the novel. Upon being told his mother’s last wishes for him to marry Elizabeth he exclaims ‘Alas! To me the idea of an immediate union with my Elizabeth was one of horror and dismay!’ revealing his innermost fears of an intimate sexual relationship. This is also evident in his nightmare in chapter five as he dreams ‘as I
Max Vitagliano Monsters in Literature/ Per. 8 Dracula Essay Topic: Bram Stoker’s Symbolism of Blood With Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula, the simple idea of blood is seen to be more complex as he likes to apply many themes of symbolism to the idea of blood. This idea of symbolism for blood can be seen for most of the characters in the novel as blood seems to affect all of the characters in a certain way. Two of the most important symbolic ideas for blood in Bram Stoker’s novel would be the idea of blood representing sex and also can represent the ideas of lust. As will be shown, mostly the ideas of symbolism for blood will center on the actions done to and by the characters.
Many critics say that there are innuendoes and insinuations behind every event in the story. In fact, the sexuality of Bram Stoker’s Dracula proves Sigmund Freud’s theory that all human behavior is motivated by either the sex drive, or some sexual impulse. To properly analyze this book, it needs to be viewed through a certain “lens” or a certain “approach” needs to be applied to the book. The most interesting of these “lenses” is the Psychological Approach. When analyzing a book through the psychological lens, you must juxtapose the book itself with Sigmund Freud’s theory of the Id, the Ego, and the Super-ego.
Shakespeare initially exposes the audience to violence in the opening Act, as the “weird sisters” inform us about the existing conflict between England and Scotland. One could argue that the violence is excessive here as a sense of fear is established as the witches insinuate that it is not safe to “meet again” until the “hurly burly’s done”, revealing that even the supernatural “instruments of darkness” are frightened by the conflict. This violent setting is enhanced through the description of Macbeth unseaming a man “from the nave to the chops” in battle. It is ironic however, as the King praises Macbeth for his savage actions, and knights him “Thane of Cawdor”, revealing how only because the gothic protagonist is slaying under the King’s order, he is perceived as heroic. This is a different type of violence to the sort we are exposed to later on in the play, as this violence is legitimized as Macbeth is fighting as part of the king’s army, ultimately maintaining order within society as he is not in attempt to break The Great Chain of Being.
In The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter reverses gothic traditions so that the males become the victims instead of the females. Consider at least two of the stories in the bloody chamber in the light of this view. The gender constructs of passive, young, virginal woman who are victimised by dominant, strong and wealthy males is a common trait throughout gothic tales including many of Angela Carters short stories from “The Bloody Chamber”. However, Carter received the criticism of “[extracting] latent content, conjuring up a new exotic hybrid” in which she challenges the typical stereotypes of gothic conventions, influenced by her feminist nature. These caused the post modern versions of her stories to adopt dualisms of combining sexual desires with naivety and give alternative interpretations that perhaps the male characters suffered victimisation instead.
We see certain relationships such as Heathcliff and Hindley, and Heathcliff and Hareton which support the idea that 'violence breeds violence.' However, in contrast, we also see relationships with Heathcliff and Catherine, Edgar and Isabella that present more of an idea that love breeds violence, as opposed to violence itself. Most of the novels violence centralises around Heathcliff, stemming from a desire to claim revenge against Hindley due to his initial hatred and systematic degradation of Heathcliff and his social status. Hindley's hatred and violent approach to Heathcliff is evident as soon as they meet, in chapter IV Hindley orders Heathcliff 'take my colt, gipsy...I pray that he may break your neck; take him and be damned, you beggarly interloper!' Hindleys wish of Heathcliff's death, shows Hindley's sheer anger, disgust and hatred toward Heathcliff.
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.
In the beginning of the novel Lucy and Mina are seen as the epitome of a Victorian women, they represented innocence, purity and devotion to men. On the other hand the three sisters represented, promiscuity and the rebelliousness against society. The first time we are introduced to this idea of female sexuality is in chapter 3 when Harker has found himself in a situation with the three vampire sisters, and feels emotions and feelings he had never felt before. “I was afraid to raise my eyelids, but looked out and saw perfectly under the lashes. The girl went on her knees, and bent over me, simply gloating.