10-01-2007 07:36 PM
10-11-2007 12:36 PM
Do you think that the representation of evil in Dracula has anything to do with sexual gender?
Not at all.
Evil is evil, men women whatever.
10-13-2007 12:08 PM
10-14-2007 11:01 PM
10-14-2007 11:28 PM - edited 10-14-2007 11:30 PM
And so what makes that an answerable, let alone a relevant question? Or didn't you intend it to be so?
So let's make this question black and white – does Stoker portray women as Good or Evil?
How about -- does Stoker portray men as Good or Evil?
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PS- An interesting discussion on souls and spirit takes place between Renfield and Seward. Seward grills renfield about consuming other living things by mentioning the possibility that other living things have souls. The belief in the soul may provide the world with some stability. But I wonder if the holy spirit is truly as large as the spirit of an elephant, or if our belief in the holy spirit has magnified the human spirit in some way.
"I don't want an elephant's soul, or any soul at all!" he said. For a few moments he sat despondently. Suddenly he jumped to his feet, with his eyes blazing and all the signs of intense cerebral excitement. "To hell with you and your souls!" he shouted. "Why do you plague me about souls? Haven't I got enough to worry, and pain, to distract me already, without thinking of souls?"
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11-14-2007 05:03 PM - edited 11-14-2007 05:12 PM
Message Edited by chad on 11-14-2007 05:12 PM
11-16-2007 02:20 PM
11-28-2007 07:09 PM
Yes, Stoker does fit this category of men with his writing of Dracula. However, the book is beautifully written and makes for great reading. We can only be thankful that men dared to subjugate women in such a romantic fashion a hundred years ago. Its much better than modern horror which is the base equivelent of putting a naked woman in a blender and turning it on high setting and calling it art.
And that comment from the other bloke about this novel portraying a "modern woman" in Mina, in other words, a woman who has an independent sexuality outside of her husband's control, is a brilliant insight. Freud was just starting to get noticed at this time, and Freud, although wrong about 90% of things, at least acknowledged that woman have a sex drive of their own (albeit in crude form of his "penis envy" doctrine).
This novel touches on so many things that the Victorian era could not put into college textbooks for another sixty years! And Stoker got away with it, and he used a supernatural character to "hide" the allegorical significance of the struggles that appeared within communities at the turn of the 20th century.
"Something that is difficult, but necessary, is to love life, even while one suffers. Because to love life is to love all, and to love all is to Love God."
11-29-2007 11:44 AM - edited 11-29-2007 11:48 AM
Message Edited by chad on 11-29-2007 11:48 AM
01-16-2008 10:25 AM
Women I believe is portrayed in a very unfair way.
The media’s adaptation of women are sexual beings. The weaker sex, the ones who lead men into temptation.
Who has watched the movie The Passion of The Christ? Did you notice that the devil in the movie looked like a woman? Although it was clarified that the devil wasn’t supposed to be man or woman. The director said women represent temptation.
I think women being seductive shows our power which shouldn’t be given a much more negative meaning. Women should realize this capability and utilize it in a way that society will view us in a different light.
I like this topic about women.
Any other thoughts?