Dracula 20-end

The part in this last section that is the most striking is when Mina drinks the count’s blood. Not only is it a powerful and shocking scene, it’s weird and uncomfortable, but not because of the actual events. It’s unsettling because gender roles are being reversed in this scene. Instead of a male being the aggressor, Harker is passed out (a very feminine thing to do) and Dracula is “nursing” Mina from a cut in his chest. In this scene, Mina assumes the male role by actively sucking the blood from the count (though he forced her into the position to do so). Victorians who rely on strict gender categories to structure their morals, ideas, and life in general would have been very troubled indeed. The biggest threat the “other” can pose to Victorian society was the reversal (or outright abolition) of gender roles.

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