An Analysis Of Dennis Foster 's ' The Little Children Can Be Bitten '

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An Analysis of Dennis Foster 's “The Little Children Can Be Bitten”

Dracula by Irish author Bram Stoker is a seminal piece of Gothic horror fiction. The novel 's portrayal of an undead master (the titular character) being chased by Van Helsing and his band of vampire hunters has been consumed for over a century. Dennis Foster 's critical article “The little children can be bitten: A Hunger for Dracula” uses a psychoanalytic approach to analyze this influential work of literature. In his article, Foster makes a compelling, successful argument about the nature of the novel and how it relates to the inner workings of the human mind. He posits that the visceral, unchained figure of Dracula represents the innate desire for the mother and a return to the simpler times of childhood. He ends with the comparison of blood to the one thing humans will never attain – true fulfillment. One of Dennis Foster 's main points is that vampires represent the simple innate desire for the mother. Even Dracula – a masculine figure who has a “history of leadership and violence” (Foster 488) appears to symbolize both a mother and a child. At one point in the novel, Dracula feeds Mina blood from his own breast. “...His right hand gripped her by the back of the neck, forcing her face down on his bosom” (Stoker 283). This passage clearly mimics that of the breastfeeding of a child. Another event earlier in the novel clearly indicates the symbolic nature of the vampire. When Lucy is turned undead by…

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