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Female Monsters In Dracula, By Bram Stoker

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“Fear and euphoria are dominant forces, and fear is many multiples the size of euphoria” - Alan Greenspan. There is a confusion when dealing with female monsters; a confusion between fear and euphoria. Females are supposed to be beautiful and vulnerable and monster, beastly and terrifying. Female monsters are feared because they are emasculating temptresses. There are monsters that tempt men sexually and there are others that are just portrayed as sexual beings. These are creature that are lusted after and yet, still feared because of their power. Men find female monsters both fearsome and euphoric and will always threaten their dominance and control.
The natural being of monsters is supposed to instill fear in humans. They were used to scare
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Females are naturally alluring yet they are supposed to be passive creatures. That is why males are attracted to females. They tempt men both physically and emotionally. Females monsters tempt men making them believe that they are their ideal woman. They tempt them so much so that control wavers. So, if a woman is more dominant or not as vulnerable and passive, they can easily lose control. In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mina was an ideal woman. She was someone that, despite her intelligence, still followed the stereotypical ideal of a woman. Johnathon Harker was reluctant when the sexualized vampires threatened to change her nature into one of a more assertive and sexualized…show more content…
A succubus is a demon that takes the form of a woman and appears in dreams. They seduce men, often through sex, and are believed to drain their life essence. Religious traditions would often state that repeated sexual activity with succubi would lead to health problems and death. The most famous succubus was Lilith. She was the first woman, instead of Eve. She became a succubus after leaving the Garden of Eden because Adam and God wanted her to be submissive to Adam but she wanted to be independent. Other retellings say that she became a succubus after having sex with the archangel Samuel. They are a great example of how female monsters threaten the dominance and control of males. They literally have control a man’s
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