The Sexuality of Dracula

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The book Dracula by Bram Stoker is possibly one of the most well know horror stories in the entirety of the English language. It has been analyzed hundreds of times. It can be taken as a horror story, written by an Irish novelist, purely to make you fear the howling of wolves, and cloudy nights. Or, it could be viewed as not only a horror story, but also one of the most erotic novels in English Literature. 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. The Id is most easily described as the “sub-conscious” or the instinctive part of the human psyche. The Id is where most of the pleasure sensations originate. The Ego is the most well known. It is the conscious part of the brain, knows as the decision-making part. It is also referred to as the “mediator” between the other two. The Super-ego is more of the “conscience” to the Ego and the Id (“Freud’s” 3). To go even deeper into the subject, one uses certain elements of this approach. These elements include psycho-analyzing the characters (and sometimes even the authors themselves!). They also include comparing the novel to Freud’s theories on sexuality. According to Freud’s theories on sexuality, the studies focus more on the sexuality of the inner human, or more how the Id affects the Ego. Using this specific approach to the novel, one can delve deep into
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