Gothic Fiction Dracula Essay

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In Eclipse, Edward and Bella even watch the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet together, although he regards Romeo as a fickle, shallow and unfaithful lover. Twilight is aimed at a middle class youth culture, especially young women with anxieties about sex and family relationships. Fans of the Twilight series are often dismissed as "mindless and emotional" young females, just as the readers of novels and romances have always been characterized since the 18th Century, but the movies, books and TV series who actually stimulated a boom in the sales of the traditional, canonical works of English literature rather than comic books or postmodern novels (Steiner 202).Buy full Download Microsoft Word File paper
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Dracula is a seductive and attractive character, at least when he is well-supplied with fresh blood and does not appear his true age, and Bella is attracted to the beauty and charisma of Edward as well. Bella can be overcome by passion for Edward at times, and recalls one instance when "blood boiled under my skin, burned in my lips. My fingers knotted in his hair, clutching him to me" (Meyer 2005: 247). Nevertheless, Edward always warns her to "be safe" and the Twilight series rarely crosses the boundaries into unsafe territory as Dracula does. On one level, this refers to safe sex in an era of AIDS, just as the Victorian society of Dracula was haunted by the fears of syphilis and other fatal venereal diseases as a punishment for sexual transgressions. Other dangers are lurking under the surface as well, especially for young women, such as the uncivilized and irrational vampires who still feed on humans and the werewolves like Jacob who cannot control their urges when the moon is full. On the one hand, werewolves exist to defend humans from the vampires, and as Jacob puts it "we only protect people from one thing -- or one enemy" (Meyer 2006: 309). Edward and all other vampires hate and fear the wolves as rabid dogs, while Jacob despises vampires as "bloodsuckers" and "leaches" (Byron 182). At the same time, though, Jacob also fears losing control and becoming a violent, uncontrollable animal. Edward continually refuses to change Bella into a vampire while his 'sister' Alice warns her that "we're also like sharks in a way" once they acquire a taste for human blood (Byron 176). Jacob is in love with Bella, and quite upset when she and Edward are finally married in Eclipse, the third book of the series. When Bella is fatally injured giving birth to their half-vampire child in the final book of the series, Breaking Dawn, he has no choice but to turn her into a vampire to save her life.

Conclusion

At the end of four novels, Bella has finally been granted her wish and been admitted into the world of the vampires, although she and Edward have to convince the traditionalist Volturi to permit their daughter to survive, since they do not care for hybrids. Bella was also a very traditional and conservative character who was never quite at home in modern (or postmodern) society, and had been pleading with Edward through four novels to be turned into a vampire. Edward and the 'civilized' Cullen clan of vampires to not believe in feeding on humans or making others of their kind, but when it came down to a choice between life and death, Edward turned her. He did this because he truly loved her and could not face life without her, rather than because he was a cruel, irrational or 'savage' vampire such as Dracula or the Volturi. Bella had made her own choice quite clear from the original Twilight novel, so she could hardly claim to be a victim of abuse, rape or even seduction, since she actually 'saved herself for marriage', while Edward always managed to stay in control of his own desires. No character like Dr. Van Helsing appears at the end of Twilight on a mission to exterminate all vampires, and indeed the team of Anglo-Saxon white men who hunt down Dracula and the other vampires decide that the best method of dealing with the 'savage' and 'barbaric' aliens is genocide. This is not an unusual response in the history of Western racism and imperialism, from the wars against the Native peoples in the 17th and 18th Centuries to the colonial and neocolonial enterprises of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Exotic, non-white 'Others' may be despised as primitives, savages and racial inferiors, but at the same time also seem attractive, seductive and alluring. Perhaps this was an even greater danger to white supremacy and the Racial Contract than outright resistance. This was also a standard Western response to such 'threats', to either destroy the Natives culturally or physically, to force them to behave like Europeans or deny them the right to exist at all. Certainly the Western powers also intended to impose Christianity and capitalism on these conquered and colonized peoples, and to exploit them for their land, labor and raw materials. After all, they believed these were positive goods that had to be shared with the savages, as long as they could avoid being seduced themselves by the primitive and the exotic.

List of References

Branch, L. 2010. "Carlisle's Cross: Locating the Past in Secular Gothic" in A.M. Clarke and M. Osburn (eds). The Twilight Mystique: Critical Essays on the Novels and Films. McFarland & Company Publishers: 60-79.

Byron, G. 2008. "As One Dead': Romeo and Juliet in the Twilight" in J. Drakakis and D. Townshend (eds) Gothic Shakespeares. Routledge: 167-86.

Meyer, S. 2005. Twilight. Little, Brown and Company.

Meyer, S. 2006. New Moon. Little, Brown and Company.

Meyer, S. 2008. Eclipse. Little, Brown and Company.

Meyer, S. Breaking Dawn. Little Brown and Company.

Mills, C.W. The Racial Contract. Cornell University Press, 1997.

Rogin, M. 1988. Ronald Reagan the Movie. University of California Press.

Steiner, A. 2011. "Gendered Readings:… [END OF PREVIEW] . . . READ MORE

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