Bram Stoker's Dracula

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Bram Stoker's Dracula

Ever heard of the blood thirsty vampire Count Dracula? Written and set in the late 19th century, Bram Stoker's novel Dracula is a crucial book in gothic horror literature. Dracula is one of the most symbolically sexualized characters in world literature. Countless number of films and television series like Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Twilight and True Blood kept on emerging showing the impact made by Bram Stoker's novel, "Dracula". This book is written in the Victorian Period and clearly Dracula's appearance created by Stoker portrays him as a typical villain. Even though it's written centuries ago but still its fear seems to creep upon us. Dracula is a cold hearted vampire who longs for human blood at all costs. Initially, Dracula lived at Transylvania in a huge castle but suddenly he travels to London to make himself at home.

Novel's core consists of sexual desire which most of the characters thrives upon on. Requirement of blood is essential for Dracula's survival. Transaction of blood becomes a form of vampire's interpretation of sexual intercourse which is portrayed very efficiently in this novel. Strong themes of female sexuality are quite evident in this novel. It arouses male imagination particularly regarding female sexuality. Thus appealing to male's fantasies in the Victorian period. Characters such as Quincy , Van Helsing, and, Jonathan Harker, all sexually fantasize women, apparent in their associations with and writings about the Weird Sisters, Lucy and Mina Harker. In the beginning of the story you see how Harker's confrontation with one of Dracula's wives manifests an attempt by women at awakening sexual desires within men. Victorian England was an age where women were clearly dominated by society's constraints. It restricted them from expressing their sexual...