Victorian Gender Roles In Dracula By Bram Stoker

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The attitude of the Victorian age and its gender roles is ingrained into Bram Stoker's Dracula. In the novel, it is transparent that men hold the authoritative position while women are expected to comply with their demands. Stroker often writes about both genders behaving either more feminine or masculine and the repercussions that follow. Today there's a lot of stress on both genders to look and act a certain way; but when Bram Stoker wrote Dracula there was much more stress on people to fit into a certain category that was often unattainable. Dracula illustrates the gender roles of the Victorian age by following the eerie escapades of the Count Dracula and his victims. The stereotypes of the Victorian age seem to linger even after more …show more content…
It was as if the blood, no longer needed for the working of the heart had gone to make the harshness of death as little rude as might be.”(173)
Because Lucy gained supernatural powers from Dracula’s bite she regained consciousness after her death. A character who we can presume was Lucy was seen sucking the blood of young children; the children called Lucy the “bloofer lady”. Lucy fell from being a socialite to a disgraceful creature who preys on children at nightfall. Lucy appearance is continuously depicted throughout Dracula yet characters like Reinfield are not. In the Victorian era women looks are incredibly important while men are not as influential. This justifies Strokers reasoning describing Lucy’s looks throughout the
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Overall our community has grown to more laxidasical and accepting of non-traditional gender roles while in the Victorian era it was quite the opposite. One of the masterminds into creating a more tolerate and equal society is Susan B. Anthony. Anthony lived in to see the full reign of Queen Elizabeth which is when the expectations for women were at a peak and also when Dracula was published. Against everyone's expectations of women to stay home, Susan alongside Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869. She continued to fight for the rights of women to collaborate with men in the workplace as an equal and for the 19th amendment which is the right for women to vote. Susan was a strong believer of never being governed by a man or protect “I declare to you that women must not depend on the protection of a man, but must be taught to protect herself and there I take my stand”(Anthony). This quote does not follow the unwritten rules of the Victorian era; instead it completely contradicts

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