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Analysis of Bram Stoker's Dracula Focusing on Gender and Sexuality

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An analysis of gender and sexuality in Dracula. During the Victorian era, women were perceived as individuals who were either a wife and mother or a model of purity and innocence. The notion of women challenging societal paradigms is explored through the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker and demonstrates the anxieties about the instability of identity and the breakdown of gender boundaries.

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Fiction Literature Speculative fiction English-language films British films Dracula Mina Harker Abraham Van Helsing Jonathan Harker Lucy Lucy Westenra Brides of Dracula Lucy Westerna
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Fiction Literature Speculative fiction English-language films British films Dracula Mina Harker Abraham Van Helsing Jonathan Harker Lucy Lucy Westenra Brides of Dracula Lucy Westerna
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The notion of women challenging societal paradigms is explored through the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker and demonstrates the anxieties about the instability of identity and the breakdown of gender boundaries. The ideal woman in the Victorian era was a pure, refined, chaste and modest character. This ideology was supported by etiquette and manners as it was extended to the pretension of never acknowledging any womanly problems and was known as the “unmentionables”. The discussion of these “unmentionables” was feared and would gravitate towards attention on anatomical details of a woman. Women were expected to have sex with only one man, their husband. However, it was acceptable for men to have multiple partners in their life. If women did have sexual contact with another man, they were seen as ruined. Victorian literature and art was full of exa...
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