The, Dracula, And The Way Of The Perfect Victorian Woman Essay

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Vampires have been a part of literature for centuries. Recently vampires have been more popular than ever. From Dracula to Twilight, the way vampires have evolved continues to be a reflection of societies views and concerns. One subject that has always been a topic of discussion in vampire texts is gender roles. Most vampire texts depict a female victim who is seduced by a male vampire. This holds true for Bram Stockers, Dracula, and Stephanie Myers, Twilight. However, other texts such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s, Christabel, depicts a female seductress and a female victim. From the late 18th century to modern day, what do these three texts have in common? All three of these texts depict women in a way that suggests that women should abide by stereotypical gender roles and not be sexual beings.
Despite not having any male leads, Christabel, depicts strong stereotypical gender roles by portraying Christabel as innocent and Geraldine as evil. Christabel is supposed to be the perfect Victorian women. She’s innocent and pure. Christabel has the characteristics of a damsel in distress. When the audience first sees her she’s out in the woods praying for her betrothed husband. She’s described as, “both small and dull” (266). She’s small in comparison to her surroundings. Painting this imagery immediately has the audience worry for her safety. The the word small brings with it the conations of being weak and more susceptible to danger. Also, the fact that she’s ventured out into…

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