Sexuality in Dracula

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In Bram Stocker’s novel “Dracula”, there is an ongoing theme of sexuality threatening the social order. The Victorian era in England was known for its patriarchal division of power between men and women. Men were the dominant figures, and were seen as intelligent, rational and powerful. Women on the other hand, had very limited roles in Victorian Society, and were subordinate to men at the time. In the novel, the traditional roles and ideologies of men and women in Victorian society are challenged by Dracula. The male characters are challenged to maintain their reputation in Victorian society as powerful, rational and intelligent, while at the same time resisting sexual temptation. The female characters, most notably Lucy and Mina, are also challenged by Dracula to maintain their pure, innocent characteristics. As Dracula transforms certain women from being pure to highly sexual, it threatens the social order of the Victorian era, as the men lose their power due to their temptation and curiosity for the openly sexual female figures. When Jonathan Harker first visits Dracula’s castle, he is confronted by three female vampires in a scene where he drifts in and out of consciousness. In his journal, Harker describes the three vampires: “There was something about them that made me uneasy, some longing and at the same time some deadly fear. I felt in my heart a wicked, burning desire that they would kiss me with those red lips. It is not good to note this down, lest some day it should meet Mina’s eyes and cause her pain; but it is the truth” (Stoker, 3.40). As Harker tries to control his sexual desire for the three vampires, he feels both attracted to them, and disgusted by them. He admits that it is indeed true that he wants to kiss them, but also fears the open sexuality displayed by the three female vampires. Since Harker is used to females being innocent and pure
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