Dracula the Stereotypical Homosexual

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In Bram Stokers Dracula, the Count Dracula represents a homosexual figure, which in Victorian times was seen as an inversion of the “typical” male figure. Diana Kindron states the Victorian idea of a homosexual was one of a male body being fused with a female soul. This is just what Count Dracula represents in Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula. By Amanda Podonsky, “The Count seems to be an exaggerated representation of the concept concerning ‘evils’ of abnormality and how it can spread and infect.” This says how Dracula represents the fear of Victorians at that time of something abnormal, in this case homosexuality. Bram Stoker writes the Count in the existence of that fear. He is a poison looking to infect all of England, “Through them I have…show more content…
It is almost as if the men want Dracula to have their blood, which is representative of semen in the novel.” The Count is representing a female in this scenario, being the one to “drain” these men of their fluids. In the process of the attack on Lucy, Dracula is very sexually ambivalent, he possesses the fangs needed to penetrate Lucy as a man would do, but then he drains the fluid as a female would. Constantly returning to drain again and again, once each man puts their offering into Lucy the Count drains her of it. This is homoerotic as Dracula is penetrating as well as taking in the fluid as a male in a homosexual relationship may do, which Dracula does repeat over and over. Lucy is the center of attention between the men in this group, “Why can’t they let a girl marry three men, or as many as want her” (Stoker 69), and because of this she is Dracula’s first target. She opens up more possibilities to Dracula. Dracula expresses his homosexual tendencies through the women he controls, his brides are drawn toward Jonathon looking for sexual encounters. With these women being his brides they can be seen as a sexual extension of his feelings. Pointing towards the fact that Dracula is the one who wants to advance on Jonathon but cannot as during Victorian times the woman seduces the man. For instance with the Bloofer Lady taunting at Arthur, “Come to me
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