Dracula

Killing as a Repressed Desire of the Victorian Degenerate Gentleman in Bram Stoker’s Dracula College

In England during the Victorian era, higher classes of society or in other words the elites were the creating and controlling agents of cultural norms and sets of values regulating urban life. Their restrictions drew a plain picture about how should a decent, honorable and honest gentleman or lady behave among themselves and in the public sphere. However, if something or someone went openly against this thoughtfully constructed sense of Victorian morality, especially within the representatives, frightful terms and misunderstandings appeared throughout different kinds of intellectual areas. The haunting presence of oppressed feelings and their possible future emergence in this well-built system made them paralyzed and stiff. As a result of the intensity of these repressed emotions, more and more people found it harder to fit into this polished society while hiding their true selves under a seriously painted mask. Others started to be afraid of those things which presumably could have led to the terrifying reality of retreating into primitivism, a less structured state of existence without any rules. According to this period, primitive behavior was strongly connected to insanity and madness, therefore mental problems and...

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