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Vampires. Carmilla was a wholly physical vampire, that was seen as simply a beautiful, fine, but languid young lady. She was not halted by male authority, and unobtrusively preceded with her quest under the veil of Victorian femininity.

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EXT English - Vampires The vampire is an example of the ultimate horror fixation, but it is also the symbol of the need and desire of people to rid themselves of their 'impure' sexuality and of all the guilt that is attached. Vampire literature, in particular, often represents the fears of a society. The Victorian Era was a time of intense sexual repression, so it was common for vampire stories to reflect the fear of female sexuality or, even more threatening, homosexuality that possibly could become rampant in society. Carmilla was seen as the ultimate breaker of the taboo. Emerging from a strict Victorian society, she had the free will of a vampire and was the embodiment of eroticism. The story of Carmilla is the pinnacle of Gothic Vampirism, illustrating a creature in the human form who preys solely on other women. Everything male vampires seem to promise, but not fulfil, Carmilla actually performed. As a possessive creature, she aroused and pervaded which is evident from one of her statements to Laura - "You are mine, you shall be mine, and you and I are one forever." The taboo of homoeroticism is broken when Carmilla demonstrated her intimate affections for Laura and thus for the first time exposed homosexuality in the Victorian Era. ...read more.


Vampire literature seizes upon the raw and open desire within fascinated humans. Simply, it is so prevalent, because in our hearts, we want to be just like them - sleep all day, party all night. Never grow old, never die. Free of society's constraints, the life of a vampire is rather appealing. The truth is, a vampire's existence is not at all desirable. Driven by supernatural hunger, and the longing to be set free, it is only the eternal and powerful sexuality of the undead that could make such an existence tolerable. The poem "Come Little Boy" is particularly sexual and exploits the innocence and purity of children. Although not spelt out for the audience, innuendos and particular phrases are enough to convey meaning. The poem is written from the perspective of a female vampire, and thus grossly inverts the maternal image. The vampire in the poem is sadistic, whipping the little boy until he bleeds, and chaining his hands. Of course, these metal chains are also a symbol of the new "life" he is about to lead. One difference in this appropriation is the idea that a female vampire can infect. ...read more.


Once again, the sex-scenes are quite graphic, which is a by-product of our culture. We are no longer shocked, and expect sex to be incorporated into most, if not all M rated movies. This trailer attempts to promote the film as instilling fear into a familiar environment, such as London.. In the trailer, sexuality is expressed almost as dangerous, and a method by which infection can be spread. This is another cultural influence of AIDS in the early 1990's. Sex in this clip is not innocent or beautiful - but seductive, immoral and possibly detrimental. It has been suggested that our fascination with vampires is not due to a love of death, but based upon a natural desire to overcome the subconscious hurdle of old age and helplessness, as represented by a vampire's sexual impotence - or its inability to create life. Vampires have had one core reason for existing in literature at all; to make social comment. Over the years our society and culture have changed, and thus a vampire's ability to adapt to make comment on all aspects of human life, is the reason why they have survived over two centuries. Nina Auerbach, the author of Our Vampires, Ourselves stated: "An alien nocturnal species, sleeping in coffins, living in shadows, drinking our lives in secrecy, vampires are easy to stereotype, but it is variety that makes them survivors." ...read more.

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