A comparison of Buffy and Dracula.

Essay by Shay87College, Undergraduate May 2003

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As a feminist text, Buffy is an abject failure. Bram Stoker is much more successful in empowering his female characters.

The feminist style of interpretation in literature is still fairly new and did not take an official beginning until 1973 . This style of interpretation focuses on finding information on the female experience and gender relations in texts. In regards to the essay question, this essay will attempt to discuss this statement in reference to the feministic features (or lack thereof) of the television serial Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, and Bram Stokers Dracula.

In analyzing Buffy there isn't much evidence to support Buffy as an adequate feminist text. There are many reasons for this, the most significant of these would be Buffys' supernatural ability as opposed to normal abilities, and the male- orientated society which Buffy is subjected to.

Buffy demonstrates to women that there is no longer a need to flinch every time a man walks past in a dark alleyway or lingers to close for comfort.

She shows that all women can be empowered, - that is, if all women were born with supernatural powers. Despite all outward appearances Buffy in no ordinary woman, she is a girl gifted with supernatural powers and born to be a slayer, a slayer that is "One girl in all the world, a Chosen One. One born with the strength and skill to fight the vampires, to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their numbers." Buffy's empowerment does not come through conventional means, nor does it come through her own accomplishments, Buffy is empowered because she was blessed with gifts that come only once in a generation. This pattern is noticeable throughout all the females in the series. Most of the women in the series who...