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Carmilla along with Dracula Essay examples

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Gothic Fantasy o A querying of normative sex behaviour and sexuality pervades the 19th century ancient fiction text. What does this reveal about the cultural context in the narrative exists? This essay will attempt to discuss the two gothic tales 'Carmilla' and 'Dracula' in relation to cultural contexts where they exist as being introduced to the reader via the sex behaviour and sexuality that is portrayed through the texts. Vampire stories always seem to involve some part of sexuality and power. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu wrote Carmilla. It was initially published in 1872 as part of the collection of brief stories names 'In a Glass Darkly.' Carmilla predates the publishing of Dracula by 25 years. Laura, who's also one of the main protagonists, narrates the story. She begins the tale by telling tales of her youth and how she lived in a castle with her dad to the outskirts of the forest. When Laura is just six years old she claims to have a fantasy in which a visitor enters her sleeping chamber and bites her in the throat, but no wounds can be found on her. This is the backdrop where the entire story is put. After a carriage crashes away from the castle, Laura becomes friends with the girl who was travelling inside it who's named Carmilla. There's an instant bond and attraction between the 2 females. Though this text predates the modern day periods of same sex relationships, also lesbianism by many years some readers may choose up this relationship to fall within this category. This might be surprising to a lot of readers since this was a very secretive, taboo subject and wasn't talked about in people in any way. It is never mentioned in the text that there was something regarding the friendship between Laura and Carmil...

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