Inverted Gender Roles: Dracula by Bram Stoker

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There’s a Hidden “Monster” in Everyone In Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, Stoker’s use of inverted gender roles allows readers to grasp the sense of obscureness throughout, eventually leading to the reader’s realization that these characters are rather similar to the “monster” which they call Dracula. Despite being in the Victorian era, Stoker’s use of sexuality in the novel contributes to the reasoning of obscureness going against the Victorian morals and values. Throughout the novel the stereotypical roles of the Victorian man and woman are inverted to draw attention to the similarities between Dracula and the characters. Vague to a majority of readers, Bram Stoker uses Dracula as a negative connotation on society being that the values of…show more content…
Johnathan yet to be married is moved by her beauty perfectly describing her as a “dreamy fear.” Kissed into a sudden sexuality, Lucy grows “voluptuous thrill her lips redden, and she kisses with a new interest. This, metamorphosing Lucy sweetness” to “adamantine, heartless cruelty, and her purity to voluptuous wantonness” (252), terrifies her suitors because it entails a reversal or inversion of sexual identity. Suddenly, Lucy is now toothed like the Count, takes the function of penetration reserved for males. After children were returning home with bite marks on their neck being attacked by the “Bloofer Lady”, Dr. Seward and Dr. Van Helsing soon realize that Lucy in truth is the “Bloofer Lady”. One of Lucy’s numerous roles as a Victorian woman was to care for the children, but her role as a Victorian woman is greatly changed in these scenes becoming evident to the reader. After being interrupted ,“With a careless motion, Lucy flung to the ground, callous as a devil, the child that up to now she had clutched strenuously to her breast, growling over it as a dog growls over a bone” (p. 236). Additionally, Lucy’s constant sexual desires and beautiful looks work hand and hand with one another. Altering the tone of her voice and acting as if she was alive attracted Arthur to go towards his once loved wife, but Dr. Van Helsing disrupted her plan by flashing a cross near her. During this scene Lucy takes on the role of a Victorian man seducing Arthur about to
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