The Role Of Women In Dracula, By Bram Stoker

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Introduction:
Dracula, written by Bram Stoker in 1897, has become one of the most popular and enduring gothic novels. This blood-sucking vampire is now an iconic symbol of horror, whose fame stretches far beyond the covers of the novel. Written at the precipice of the turn of the century, the novel touches upon anxieties of a society that was changing at an uncomfortably rapid place. Stoker used this unlikely horror story to convey the apprehension of the Victorians, which includes anxieties over the existence of the supernatural, prominence of the British Empire, and sexuality of women. As the world had progressed, society was unsure of the repercussions of scientific advancement and the increasing abandonment of traditional Christian
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This struck fear in the hearts of men, as women were gradually gaining more influence in the public sphere. Though it would take another twenty years for women to receive the vote, women were given more and more freedoms in society. One freedom that women were fighting for was sexual liberation. Victorian women were not supposed to take pleasure in sexual acts, but as they grew more liberated, sexual freedoms came with it. Dracula confronts Victorian men’s fears of the emergence of women’s sexuality and how that emergence could corrupt …show more content…
Stoker, though not as well known as the book that he wrote, used many of his experiences to shape the characters and settings in the novel. Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1847. A student at Trinity College Dublin, Stoker studied mathematics and, upon graduation, entered the civil service. He served for ten years and during this time became a theater critic. Leaving Dublin in 1878 for London, Stoker took to the arts and humanities, abandoning the civil service. After giving a favorable review of Henry Irving, Stoker became Irving’s manager, a position that he held for twenty-seven years. The management position made Stoker a very busy man, and he was able to travel on Irving’s tours. Some of the inspirations for his characters came from his travels, like the American character in Dracula, Quincey Morris. Stoker’s first book, published in 1879, was The Duties of Clerks and Petty Sessions in Ireland, a legal administration handbook. Stoker’s experiences in law probably affected his characterization of Jonathan Harker. He turned to fiction later in his life, publishing his first novel in 1890. Dracula, his most popular novel, became a best seller in his

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