English Analytical Essay
Bram Stoker wrote the novel Dracula, which was published in May the 26th in 1897. The novel positions the audience to believe Dracula is the antagonist because he is different and in society being different is bad. The novel Dracula is a prime example of a gothic love story genre. It has remained a popular novel by representing the life of the Victorian era. ‘Dracula’ utilises the concepts of power and gender as shown in the book. Men are supposed to be strong, brave, and decisive, whereas women are supposed to be sweet, pure, and innocent. Gender is one of the main themes shown throughout the novel and represents the many roles females played in Victorian society. In ‘Dracula’ there are two main roles played by women as shown by Lucy and her best friend Mina. Lucy shows how the women in the novel rely on their husbands to take care and support them. She is portrayed as child-like and a gorgeous women. “Why can't they let a girl marry three men, or as many as want her, and save all this trouble? But this is heresy, and I must not say it. (5.11)” This quote shows Lucy is naturally sexual in contrast to Mina who is portrayed as the sweet and innocent woman who would react in an entirely different way if she received multiple proposals. She is like a mother figure to everyone; she’s the woman the men come to if they need a shoulder to cry on as did Arthur Holmwood who cried on Mina’s shoulder after hearing the news of his partner Lucy’s death. In the novel, the author has portrayed us to think of Mina as a sexless and innocent woman who is “lucky to have a man like Jonathan.”Pg.89 Women in the Victorian era have different morals then the women in today’s society. It is common for women today to be independent and provide for their family without a male. Whereas the women in the Victorian era had to rely on their husbands to provide and support them. Men are portrayed as the brave, strong and intelligent; this is shown when Jonathan...
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