The Importance Of Dracula In Bram Stoker's Dracula

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Dracula: The Victorian Vampire When you think of Dracula, do you think of the bloodstained creature or the sophisticated stalker of the night that symbolizes the Victorian era? Dracula was a gothic novel heavily influenced by the folklore of vampires of the past and Vlad the Impaler, a strict ruler of Wallachia, leading to Dracula’s cruel mannerisms. Another large contributor to Dracula was also the stern Victorian era standards, the era in which Bram Stoker composed the classic. Therefore, the women needed to be proper and well-mannered while the men had a more important place in society. People looked down upon those who disobeyed the laws at the time like anyone who was scantily clad. Victorian ideas leaked their way into the literature. Writers disguised ideas and themes that would not be classy, like sexual acts, by alluding to them with more appropriate actions. Consequently, these influences led Stoker to insert many characteristics of the Victorian era into the novel’s setting of London. Since the Victorian ideas were put into the story, many fears that were instilled in the people of the time were characterized in the novel. In Bram Stoker’s seminal novel Dracula, the anxieties felt by the Victorian people are shown by both the human characters and Dracula himself. First off, Jonathan is introduced as an average solicitor going to Castle Transylvania and when he is trapped inside, a secret side to him is revealed. After Jonathan is trapped by Dracula, he begins to deteriorate mentally after realizing that he might never be freed from his imprisonment. After Dracula warns him to not sleep elsewhere except his bedroom, Jonathan disobeys him and explores the castle, stumbling into an ancient, abandoned room. After dozing off, he is awakened by three voluptuous that emanate a dreadful aura. While still being in an exhausted mood, he describes the scene as “There was something about the m that made me uneasy, some longing and at the same time some deadly fear. I felt in my heart a wicked, burning desire that they would kiss me with those red lips” (Stoker 39). Jonathan hints at a hidden desire for the women and wants for them to have their way with him. This scene shows that Jonathan has deep repressed
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