Gender Roles During The 19th Century Essay

1580 WordsDec 7, 20167 Pages
From past tales of Victorian monsters to modern movies with sparkly teenagers, the vampire genre has always been used to address issues in sexuality since its creation. Vampires are metaphors for us to project our sexuality and desires onto; they don’t have to follow the rules of society or culture, and because of this they let us examine sexuality and social roles more in-depth than ever before. Earlier texts like Dracula address issues with gender roles in the 19th century, while more modern texts like Interview with the vampire aim to make us question the gender roles and marriage and family structure in western culture. The context of some of the first sexualized vampires was born in Victorian times. The discussion around vampires morphed from religious to social and sexual. If vampires don’t follow the laws of religion, then why would they follow the social roles of society? The idea that vampires are fictional, sacrilegious, or unnatural gives them the context to adopt anything that matches those values. In the 19th century the way that homosexuality was viewed the way that vampires were portrayed, and this allowed the concepts to be combined. This concept was also combined with feminism, as in Dracula, to show that women don’t have to match the strict social hierarchy of the time. Recently, with Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice expands the discussion of sexuality and gender roles with the addition of family structure in western culture. In Brahm Stoker’s
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