Written in 1897, the greatest horror book in its time was created, Dracula, by Bram Stocker. This book contained different aspects of vampirism that was had associated itself with flight of the imagination of romanticism. Freud’s idea of psychoanalysis was basically intertwined with this book, because his psychoanalytical reasoning’s was based on this book. “All human experiences of morbid dread and aggressive wishes and in vampirism we see these repressed wishes becoming plainly visible. ” -Sigmund Freud.
The way psychoanalysis and this book relate is how the Victorian ideology affects the war how people think and act according to the situation. Such as many of the characters in this book had suffered from the fog of confusion which they had believed in. Many of the Freudian perspectives are noted in this book such as when Jonathan had gone to Dracula’s castle without proper reason. Even though many of the people in his city had tried to talk him out of it, he disregarded everyone, and continued his journey on to Transylvania.
Along the way he noticed blue flames alongside the road, as the “Driver”(Dracula) places stones around the flame, Jonathan irrationalizes what he sees even though it is viewed in front of him. “I took it that my eyes deceived me straining through the darkness. “(Stocker 22) This quote shows how the confusion of the Victorian ideology comes in to play, even though he sees this he wants believe in reality instead of what he actually sees right in front of him. “A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes, but to get into accord with them; they are legitimately what direct his conduct in the world. – Sigmund Freud. This quote describes how Jonathan is somewhat becoming insane by the fact that he will not believe what he sees with his eyes but his own interpretation which corresponds with his beliefs. Without knowing reality he will not be able to survive mentally or physically at Dracula’s castle. Though he thought he was a guest of Dracula’s he was just using him, as he didn’t realize this until the next chapter when he realizes that he was a prisoner in his castle. This causes the people in the city and his wife to be, worried and quite curious about his whereabouts.
Another example of psychoanalysis was used in the novel would be when Dr. Seward irrationalizes the situation of which Mina was transforming into a vampire. The reason he ignores the symptoms of Mina, is because he believes that there has to be something else wrong with her such as an infection. He does not realize that the same symptoms were noticed on Lucy which goes along the lines of how Victorian ideology affects people in this time period. Not only does it affect them but it may affect others as well.
This caused the life of Lucy and roughly Mina’s; even though Mina’s life was spared his job was basically put into question. His beliefs have the better then him as of right now. “The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water. ” This quote describes how the mind is still operational even when only a small portion of it is still functioning. Dr. Van Helsing rather was a doctor that actually thought rationally considering the others and was the only one that knew what was going on with Lucy’s “illness”. Dr.
Seward as of right now is more of a threat to situation instead of helping resolve this issue. Well basically the reason Victorian ideology, taking any part of the novel explains the confusion and also the difficult situations. These beliefs have been somewhat dangerous, because this is the reason of why the characters are in the situations they were in. These situations could frankly be avoidable if they had thought rationally from the beginning instead of realizing it as the novel went on. Victorian Ideology in this time period had probably made life much worse than it had done better.
This stirred up much confusion as individuals. Works Cited * Freud, Sigmund. “Quote by Freud, Sigmund on Insanity. ” Quotations Book 19 Aug. 2010. General OneFile. Web. 17 Feb. * Freud, Sigmund. “Quote by Freud, Sigmund on Mind. ” Quotations Book 19 Aug. 2010. General OneFile. Web. 17 Feb. * Michels, Robert, and Sterba, Richard. “Freud, Sigmund (1856-1939). ” Encyclopedia of World Biography. Ed. Suzanne M. Bourgoin. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale Research, 1998. General OneFile. Web. 17 Feb. 2011. Pranav Patel Dracula Criticism Essay English IV Period 3rd