Saturday, July 26, 2014

I say, just as important as what They say

In chapter 13 it tackled how I interpret they say,I say by entering the conversation in the text from a different approach. In other lessons it showed to give the reader there say but also include I say in various templates provided. Chapter 13 is like the scientific method broken down in the form of an essay to make everything clear for the readers. It starts with the data in chapter 13 so the reader has a clear view of what is the data in case they might need it for their essay also. In this chapter it said to give scientific evidence as to support or to refute the opposing side. Meaning giving the reader both sides of the argument. Also in a nice way use the templates provided to disagree. In chapter 13 it said to say why you disagree in a scientific way. It  also said to use qualitative data to make the argument more solid. Like numbers explained very precisely so the reader could be able to do the math and see the difference that's trying to be explained. Chapter 13 helped a lot because it applies well to various fields in writing by making conversation in the writing will keep the readers engaged and also can be used in the future as a reference. 

This scientific approach can be applied to multiple different fields in writing it included some of all the subjects to write about in college. Hypothesis can be used in different forms and from math to quantum physics, the work can be brought in very scientific ways. By learning about all the techniques from Eng. 24 I can write better constructive essays that don't feel one sided. By giving the reader there say also including what speculation there might be about what I say it adds to my ethos. Meaning never completely shut down the other sides argument because there can be scientific research to prove it that I don't know about. I can use some of the templates from chapter 13 to say why this relates to the theme of pop culture and also refute some of the different ideas maybe provided somewhere. I will also give both sides so I won't make my reader feel whatever there view is I'm not putting anyone down. I could also use this in my nay sayer part of the 3rd essay. Over all I learned to give the they say because it helps out what I say with the templates provides I can organize my ideas more so my point is clear.  

I included this picture because an essay is like a conversation between lots of people and it can be more fun this way
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Writing for the (Social) Sciences


For class Monday,  read either Chapter 13 or 14 from TSIS--whichever I assigned to you. Both are about the rules for writing in other fields of academia. Read it, and be prepared to explain it to someone who read the other chapter in class on Monday. If you missed class on Thursday, e-mail me to be assigned a chapter to read.

Also write a post explaining how writing for the field you read about is different from the kinds of writing we tackled this semester. In other words, how could you take what you learned in ENG 24 and apply it to writing for a course in the field you read about? Due by class on Monday! Don't forget to comment!

Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?

Dalphee Champagne

BE Smart Don’t Be A Wreck

For my with the essay #3, the reference that I used is Propaganda in the Helping Profession”, by Eileen Gambrill. The way she define propaganda in clear and precise language that gives me more understanding of the article. The article that I use is Propaganda: How not to be Bamboozled” by Donna Woolfolk Cross.

 First, Gambrill asks this question what Propaganda is, and why we should care. Propaganda is biased information to shaped public opinion and behavior. It is power depends on; message, technique, and means of communication. And could use as; truth, half-truth and lies.

 

Our leaders use Donna Woolfolk Cross and Eileen Gambrill basically every day basic in our daily life. Not just leaders, friends, family members, colleagues, etc... Even ourselves using propaganda to get what we want. What is the message Donna Woolfolk Cross and Eileen Gambrill are trying to point out and how to be aware of propaganda whenever it presenting to us? But Gambrill asks this question,

 For example Gambrill gives several examples, Propaganda ploys are used to influence the choices we make that while giving us the illusion that we freely make these choices. Taking Paxil to decrease anxiety. It seems like we are doing things that look to be true but in reality we are doing thing that have been told to do. Which remind me what we did in class yesterday, about ‘Feminism” which stands for the ability to choose your life regales of. Donna Woolfolk Cross and Eileen Gambrill, all of the messages these two trying to point across is to be smart not a wreck when propaganda presenting to us whether in a positive or negative because either way propaganda has side effect in everyday in our daily livings; could be used for good or evil.


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“Why Do People Love Horror Movies? They Enjoy Being Scared”



The article, “Why Do People Love Horror Movies? They Enjoy Being Scared” is about an investigation by investigators to find out exactly why people love horror movies. Two authors of the August issue of the Journal of Consumer Research named Eduardo Andrade from the University of California, Berkeley and Joel B. Cohen from the University of Florida challenged the theories that the investigators presented by introducing their theory. The investigators had two answers to the question, why do people love horror Movies? The first theory was that a person is excited and afraid when watching a movie. The second theory was that they want to go through terror because there will be relief at the end. The authors argued that people who watch horror movies are actually happy to be unhappy. The authors looked at the experience of watching horror movies through human emotion showing that people can experience positive and negative emotions at the same time, instead of separating the emotional reactions in to phases.
I will connect the article with the Horror film The Shaun of the Dead. I will also use the quote that I choose from the article to help me to further prove me claims.
 Quote
 "the most pleasant moments of a particular event may also be the most fearful."
  Work Cited
University of Chicago Press Journals. "Why Do People Love Horror Movies? They Enjoy Being Scared." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 31 July 2007.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Benefits of Television for Adults and Children

    In Steven Johnson's article "Television makes us Smarter", the author argues that while many television shows do not contain good moral lessons, they are still beneficial for developing our minds, due to their extensive plots, and their ability to keep us focused on understanding the relationships between different supporting characters. Johnson also mentions the benefits of television for young children, who are exposed to shows with adult situations and therefore force children to develop their minds and start thinking like adults.
    While Johnson talks about how television is beneficial for kids, authors such as Heather L. Kirkorian take an opposing stance on the television debate. In her article "Media and Young Children's Learning'', Kirkorian first states that children under the age of two should not be exposed to television , or if they are, in very limited amounts. This is based on the notion that children learn more from interacting with their parents in real life experiences rather than sitting unsupervised in front of a television. She also states that for children older than two, the television they are exposed to should be monitored by their parents, and that certain educational programs are beneficial for stimulating a young child's mind, while other shows designed purely for entertainment purposes are in fact detrimental to a child's development.
      This argument made by Kirkorian is the complete opposite than the one argued by Steven Johnson. While Kirkorian states that only educational television is good for people, including kids, Johnsons whole article centers around the idea that television shows don't need educational value in order to make someone smarter. His argues that it is not the lessons given that are beneficial anyway, but the cognitive workout obtained through following he shows plot lines.
      For essay #3, I plan on arguing on Steven Johnson's side of the argument, which sates that entertaining television is beneficial for people (including kids), as long as the program is challenging to comprehend. I will use Heather L. Kirkorian as an example of a naysayer, whose argument is more concerned with the content of a show, rather than the degree of difficulty in comprehending it.


MLA Citation:
Kirkorian, Heather L., Ellen A. Wartella, and Daniel R. Anderson. "Media And Young
    Children's Learning." Future Of Children 18.1 (2008): 39-61. Academic Search Complete.Web. 
     23 July 2014. 



  
The article "Media and Young Children's Learning" argues that young children benefits from limiting the amounts of television they watch an interacting with real people.( www.Liberatingworkingmoms.com)

My Monster and I


Dalphee C.


My Monster and I

Thursday afternoon at 1:00 pm was extremely exciting and helpful. The library visit was one of the most successful experience and will be to my academic success. In my experience at library, I have learned so much about how to do researching better than I have known about the article of “Dracula”. I have researched two references at the library, one is the article of “Transvaal, Transylvania Dracula’s World-system and Gothic Periodicity” by Stephen Shapiro  and the other one was Dracula as Metaphor for Human Evil”, by Steven G. Herbert. Which i have found very helpful.

 Our minds are so powerful we can create our own satisfactions by our imaginations. Because our own universe as we go along with. More than hundred years since Dracula novel has been published in 1897 and still standing. Bram Stoker’s novel introduced vampire tradition in the society of Victorian. But still remain strong in our pop culture. The reference article that I chose on Dracula, according to philosophical Discussion “Dracula as Metaphor for Human Evil”, by Steven G. Herbert. His arguments is based on “The monsters that we create in prints and films are often projections arising from our collective unconscious”. Which means we created a portray of ourselves in an evil way such as (vampire, zombies, werewolves and much more) are based on our feelings and emotions. Even though terrifying, but help to satisfy what is not ok and undone in our minds base on our desires. Dracula help shape and understand the most difficult situation that we cannot unveil base on the society's criticism. Which seems to work perfectly fine and bring us back to the state of equilibrium. Herbert state that "Evil can be a divine gift that tests our goodness and spurs us on to develop greater dimension of self". (1) Which means we can defeat our enemies by not applying physical contact but whether emotional obstacles, the difficulties in life, we can empowered to deal with most negative people which either at school, work, home, anywhere that we socialize in a powerful way.  The psychology behind why we watch and a satisfaction in horror movies, is because that is experiencing horror within safe confines. 

 



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Erotic Moment in the Dracula



        In the analysis of the "Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and Late-Victorian Advertising Tactics: Earnest Men, Virtuous Ladies, and Porn" by Tanya Pikula, the author discusses the novel's use of sexuality and eroticism as a commercial tactic. Pikula presents Mina and Lucy as two  virtuous women who devote their lives as good helpmate. She describes Mina as an exeptional lady during the nineteenth century who plays her role as a good motherhood. Mina is exposed to any emotional attack from Dracula. Pikula comments on Victorian Era sexual repression in England and the impact of the book's themes of vampirism and sexuality on the female reading audience. Other topics explored include the novel's connections with pornography, ideologies of femininity and womanhood in literature, and the notion that sex sells.
        This article has different sections such as "Sex Sells", "Dracula's Ravenous Female Consumers", and "Dracula as Pornography" that I am not going to use all of them into my essay. I intend to use only "Dracula's Ravenous Female Consumers" because it is related to my theme (feminism). Pikula writes, "Although the women in the novel do betray some very questionable desires, it is important to emphasize that neither Mina nor Lucy is an example of the New Woman" (289). It can be fitted as an addition of details to my works. Throughout this scene,  Pikula explains how Mina becomes a brave women to hunt Dracula to death. Pikula writes, "Interestingly enough, it is precisely when the men decide to take away her role as the official 'chronologer' of the hunt that Mina becomes vulnerable to Dracula's attentions, and he is able to penetrate into the very household that the men strive most to protect" (290). I intend to use it carefully and making the most possible connection to my essay.
Works Cited
Pikula, Tanya. "Bram Stoker's "Dracula" And Late-Victorian Advertising Tactics: Earnest Men, Virtuous Ladies, And Porn." English Literature In Transition, 1880-1920 55.3 (2012): 283-302. Academic Search Complete. Web. 22 July 2014.

 Brooke"s Soap  Illustrated London News 29 March 1890
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This advertisement's photo represents how in eighteen century that  many housemaids as her, were exploited by the London's society in domestic service at some business places or even at home for a little money.

The Great Escapist


The reference I chose was about a ring of popular criminals of the 18th century. Since the dawn of time society revered criminals to be bad, so why was it that a criminal like Jack Sheppard, popular in the 18th century, be noted in Bram Stoker's Dracula? So here's the history behind it.

     I chose "Macheath and the Gaol-Breakers" by Pat Rogers to support the idea of Stoker mention of Jack Sheppard in Jack Seward’s dairy record of Renfield's escape from the asylum and restraining him, "Jack Sheppard himself couldn't get free from the strait-waist coat that keeps him restrained, and he's chained to a wall in the padded room"(113, Stoker)

In Pat Roger's article is about the great criminal London Escapist and how they influenced the Opera , The Beggar's Opera and the lead character Macheath. Roger's explain how Macbeth has aspects of the major thieves of the 19th century he relates Macbeth to Jack Sheppard by mentioning how Macheath escapes the law numerous time," There are three escapes in the play, one at the end of every act, and they definitely establish Macbeth as a Jack Sheppard, the escape artist". (14,Roger) The article also mentions that Jack Sheppard was charming, handsome and also very cunning. Why didn’t Stoker use another example such as Houdini who was surely alive at this time? I believe for one, Jack Sheppard is a well talked about criminal of the 18th century . He was known for his clever escapes. After he’s broken out of prison he would dress as a commoner to deceive the police. Reinfield escaped from the asylum through the window miraculously which bewildered Seward and his men. As Jack Sheppard is clever so was Renfield convincing Seward of his wishes of sugar and rats knowing that he’s being observed but as well as only speaking of subjects he wishes to share. Unfortunately Jack Sheppard was not able to escape his death penalty that he received because of repeated offences of escape as well as the guards taking provisions to disable Sheppard’s mobility which is how he wasn’t able to escape maybe this is a foreshadowing of what’s to happen to Renfield in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

How Horror Films Help with our Phobias

In the article “The Paradox of Horror: Fear as a Positive Emotion”, Katerina Bantinaki claims that we like watching horror films because we get scared in a controlled environment, nothing bad is actually going to happen to us. Our encounter with horror films is not a risk taking activity but it generates the same emotions such as sky diving might. According to Bantinaki “Fear and disgust, are generally regarded as intrinsically unpleasant, and being such, as emotions that we avoid experiencing in real life, along with the situations that elicit them” (383). Here she is claiming that in real life we try to avoid uncivilized emotions as Stephen King would say, because it’s what we are told by society to do. She believes that to some degree this (horror films) might benefit us, because horror films help us control our bodily responses, our thoughts, and behavioral expressions. Bantinaki believes that through horror movies we are given a chance to get confront or learn to cope with our fears in a safe environment, horror films can even help test the “limits of our endurance to frightening stimuli” (390). On the reverse she argues that watching horror films might create more fears and phobias in us or strengthen old ones. Quoted in the article “The Paradox of Horror: Fear as a Positive Emotion” Smuts claims “What we desire from [painful] art is to have experiences on the cheap, [that is] experiences of strong emotional reactions” (Bantinaki 390). Bantinaki claim that for horror films to accomplish what smuts’ is claiming they (horror films) need to go deep into our psyche and touch our most primal of fears.
This article fits into my essay because in my essay I argue why people like to be immersed into horror T.V. shows I argue that people want to be immersed into these horror movies or T.V. shows, because of the suspense and adrenaline rush they get while watching them, and because they want to imagine themselves in their favorite characters shoes.  
One the quotes I plan to use in the 3 essay is, in “The Paradox of Horror: Fear as a Positive Emotion” Smuts claims that “What we desire from [painful] art is to have experiences on the cheap, [that is] experiences of strong emotional reactions” (Bantinaki 390). Because this quotes relates to what Stephen king was saying in “Why we Crave Horror Movies” he claims we crave horror movies because they give us an adrenaline rush, they portray our ugliest most vicious of desires and fears.


BANTINAKI, KATERINA. "The Paradox Of Horror: Fear As A Positive Emotion." Journal Of Aesthetics & Art Criticism 70.4 (2012): 383-392. Academic Search Complete. Web. 23 July 2014.
vampire from the horror series Supernatural. 

Are Woman Today Too Sexy ?

For the third essay, I will be discussing more on how women who display themselves as sex objects who show their bodies rather there self worth is wrong. One of my secondary sources will be coming from the website www.thinkprogress.org. The title of the article is called, "5 Ways Our Society Unfairly Punishes Women For Their Sexuality" by Tara Culp Ressler. This article goes in depth on how women are suppose to cover up their bodies and that they are being punished for their sexuality. The writer is trying to get across is that women were meant to show the image of modesty and being well mannered, rather then being the complete opposite. The writer points out 5 different ways women are downgraded for their sexuality.That women are more likely to get fired for having sex outside of marriage, young women are blamed for our teen pregnancy rate, girls and women are responsible for avoiding men's gaze by covering up their bodies, women's access to basic health care services is consistently called into question, and once women give their consent, they're not allowed to withdraw it. 

This article is a good source for my topic on women's sexuality because it talks about how women are suppose to be and how they are suppose to act. Ressler explains women need to remain elegant and nice. As women were described back then, they were always dependent on the man to make the money, or go get the job, or do manly things. While the women would stay home and take care of the children and be a housewife. Unlike today, women are more empowered to do as they pleased. Women can walk around with there head held up high and have confidence. But some people are still caught up in the old times where women were just their in the shadows. 



http://womensstudiesintros12.wordpress.com/2012/01/14/blog-post-1/

Work Cited 
"5 Ways Our Society Unfairly Punishes Women For Their Sexuality." thinkprogress.org. Web. 10 February 2014 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Rise of the New Woman

    In Dracula, Stoker mentions the 'new woman' several times, which was a term used in the Victorian era to describe a woman who challenged society by doing things that women of the time were not supposed to do. While Dracula leaves out some of the Darker aspects of the life of a typical Victorian women, the truth is that Victorian women were harshly oppressed, and to a certain extent abused by the men who had control over them.
      Women were seen as the property of either their father or their brother, and once she married she became property of her husband. The woman's sole responsibilities were those involving house work and reproducing. Even then, however, the women had no rights as far as their offspring, and the custody of the children belonged to the man of the household. Women also faced domestic abuse in many cases, since marital beatings and rape were both legal in Victorian England. For a woman in this time period, life was difficult, and their weren't many options besides following the status quo. That is, until the new woman movement.
         While part of the ways Victorian women was by forcing them to repress their sexuality, the new woman was sexually liberated, which was seen as a huge threat. The new woman also dressed differently, searched for options besides becoming a housewife, and engaged in physical activities that were up until that point, considered inappropriate for women, such as bicycle riding and badminton.
           While the new women sought to gain freedom by breaking free of the rules that were in place for the sole purpose of oppression, many Victorian men and women rejected the movement, and tried to preserve the traditional values of Victorian society. Bram Stoker was one of these individuals, and used the character of Lucy to portray the evils posed by a woman who becomes sexually liberated. Lucy, who suggests she wants to marry three men, shows that she has sexual desires, and these desires become even more open when she becomes a vampire. In her vampiric form, she is no longer interested in trying to conceal her sexual desires, and is a walking being of lust. By killing off her character, this shows Stoker's desire to stop the new woman movement, as he makes the connection between unholiness and sexuality among women.

          Lucy, as portrayed in the 1992 film version of Dracula. While Lucy tries to hide her sexual feelings, they become more apparent once she is turned into a vampire, making a connection between vampirism and sexuality. (www.aveleyman.com)

Turning on the X-box also turns on your brain!

For essay #3 I will continue to look at how violent video games can be good for kids.  One of my secondary sources I will be using is from The Washington Post. The title of the article is called “A New Study Shows Benefits of Violent Games.” This article suggests that playing video games even if it includes shooting, can increase children learning and social skills. The writers point out that the skills being strengthened in playing such games include, reasoning and memory. The authors say that it is found to be that playing shooter improved a player’s capacity to think about objects in three dimensions. They also point out a study which found that the more people play strategic video games the more they improved in problem solving and school grades. Additionally, the authors point out that playing such video games can enhance creativity, but not when the child uses forms of technology to play the video game.

                This article is a good source to use for my essay and fits well, because it basically talks about the things I will talk about in my essay which is benefits of violent media. This article has many information of the benefits of violent media that I could elaborate on, such as the cognitive and creativity being enhanced. I could also use this source to back up what I’m saying when analyzing a pop-culture. A quote I plan on using is “The more adolescents reported playing strategic violent games, the more they improved in problem solving and school grades the following year.” In other words the authors are saying that the more people play violent games, the better they become at school because of the problem solving skills that is being worked on. I can use this quote to elaborate on how playing violent games can improve problem solving skills that can also carry on into academic grades.


                                                 Works Cited
"A New Study Shows Benefits of Violent Video Games for Kids' Learning." Washington Post. 02 Dec. 2013. Web. 22 July 2014.



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Anorexia in Women of the Victorian Era





Sins of the flesh: anorexia, eroticism and the female vampire in Bram Stoker’s Dracula is about anorexia in women being a problem of the Victorian society more specifically 19th-20th Century. This article shows the ways in how women were seen as weak because of anorexia. The article disagrees with Fin de Siecle and Bram Stoker’s ideas of women being weak beings that men are suppose to dominate. The eroticism in the novel that Bram Stoker pointed out in the female characters makes another controversial topic. The reason why is because Dracula gets to do what he wants and he isn't seen as terrible as the women because he is a man. In my opinion, anorexia in the vampire women were intended because this was a problem during the Victorian Era. This article also uses multiple examples to support the argument. As a side note, anorexia in women of the Victorian Era was probably more common in poor women. The reason why is because vampire women in Dracula were considered foreigners in the Victorian Era meaning they weren’t like the people who were considered normal. Stokers view of women was to degrade women to make men feel even more superior.

This relates to my theme of my essay The collective fear in the Victorian Era, Change because in the Victorian Era their fear was anorexia in women. Men during the Victorian Era would find women will think that anorexia is something that is true beauty and they should copy it. Although this may be true for some, the idea of the new woman is to empower them to be independent not starve themselves and turn into zombie women. In addition Dominguez Rue makes an interesting point. According to Dominguez Rue, “Dracula is undoubtedly a product of its time, considering the fin de sie`cle fascination for the vampire and Stoker’s treatment of the female characters. In the novel, all the vampires except the Count himself are female: it is relevant to consider that, although Renfield and Harker are attacked, only women mutate into vampirism” (300). This connects to my theme because the fear in Victorian Society was the change in women’s physical appearance. If the women changed then men wouldn't be seen as superior. In the article anorexia in vampire women was just something men made as a hoax to make women believe that they could only do what is required. A rebuttal of the idea women are anorexic therefore weak is Count Dracula himself because he is also pale but highly attractive with the same facial features as the vampire women. Anorexia may be common in women but I cannot ignore the fact that men also were anorexic in that Era.




Work Cited
Domínguez-Rue, Emma. "Sins Of The Flesh: Anorexia, Eroticism And The Female Vampire In Bram Stoker's Dracula." Journal Of Gender Studies 19.3 (2010): 297-308. Academic Search Complete. Web. 22 July 2014.

Women and Fashion

The book I chose to annotate is Fashioning the Feminin: Representation and Women's Fashion from the Fin de Siecle to the Present by Cheryl Buckley, Hilary Fawcett and Hilary Moreton. This book covers numerous topics, including the relationship between fashion and femininity, aspects of fashion, gender and sexuality, and fashion in general aside from just the clothes. The introduction of the book describes how fashion is inspired by social and economic change. The authors write that because fashion is inspired by these factors that is allows for academic and intellectual conversation on the topic of fashion. The authors narrow their analysis to the fashion in Britain from the mid 1800's to the 1900's. The authors argue that the topic of fashion is international and is a form of identifying oneself. The authors write about how fashion is rapidly changing and that is what gets the most attention in fashion. The authors also go into depth about how fashion has evolved with technology, where they went from using home sewing machines to mass fabric production, promotion and construction.

I will use this book to not necessarily support or disagree with any claim made in my paper. I want to use this primarily for background information. Since the book is not biased to any claim, but gives me facts on the fashion industry and its development and connection with feminism, I can use it as a counterargument and a supporting source because they may state a fact about fashion or give an example within fashion that I may or may not necessarily agree with.




"Fashion, we argue, constructed and constituted identity, although a sense of national identity was effaced within dress by the very nature of fashion," (2). I plan on using this quote to disagree with the argument made by Ariel Levy in "Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture."

Buckley, Cheryl, Hilary Fawcett, and Hilary Moreton. Fashioning the Feminine: Representation and Women's Fashion from the Fin de Siecle to the Present. IB Tauris, 2001.

The Origin of Dracula



Dracula as we all know is a blood sucking vampire from the dark scary town of Transylvania, Transylvania has rare history that connects Dracula to the land. Bram Stokers story gave Dracula its big rise by giving readers emotion of all types; love, fear, suspense. He became popular and traveled through media. The idea of Dracula is un known but most believes it come from a Romanian Ruler name Vlad the Impaler, He would was known for Impaling people with wooden steaks and watch them suffer, Vlad killed as much as 100,000 people. It’s likely that these two would be in compassion of each of other, it also gives people who never been to this place a horrific imagination enough to give them the scares of not wanting to go.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Long Distance Shipping


            The reference I chose in Dracula is the Demeter’s trip from Varna, Bulgaria to Whitby, England.  Varna is a seaport and third largest city in Bulgaria located on the western coast of the Black Sea.  This city was originally founded by Milesian Greeks as Odessus in 6th century B.C.E.  It didn’t get its’ name, Varna, till it became part of the Bulgarian empire (679-1018 C.E.).  Whitby is a town in the borough of Scarborough, historic county of Yorkshire, northeastern England.  It is an old port town which was on the opposite side of Victorian seaside resort development, where writer Bram Stoker visited for vacation and made the town a setting for his novel Dracula. The reason I chose the Demeter’s trip as my reference is to see roughly how far they traveled with the Count on board.  From what I can tell using maps of the geography of Europe, the ship would have had to travel about 3500 miles to Whitby from Varna.  That is some serious distance to cover with Dracula on board.
 

Woman in a Victorian society

What is it that you most desire, the ability to have it all or the free will a human has to be able to have what it desires? It sounds the same but having free will and having a desire of something's is totally different, at least in a Victorian society. As a Victorian woman, they must not have any type of sexual or lustful thoughts of any kind, if they were to do so they would be judge as an impure woman, and not consider a woman at all. A woman must have manners, to be pure through mind, soul and body, have no kind of bad grammar or language, and be a lady. As for men, they had the upper hand the ability to have power  to have reason, to be stronger than a woman, and to do harder tasks such as working, which In fact was prohibited for woman in the Victorian  era in England. "Women of the mid-19th century had no such choices. Most lived in a state little better than slavery. They had to obey men, because in most cases men held all the resources and women had no independent means of subsistence. A wealthy widow or spinster was a lucky exception. A woman who remained single would attract social disapproval and pity. She could not have children or cohabit with a man: the social penalites were simply too high. Nor could she follow a profession, since they were all closed to women." (Helena Wojtczak) it is reasonable that stalker wanted us to know that woman should not be surperior to man. Stoker wanted us to view woman as females that produce, that females are dangerous if they are ever given such power to think, to be educated and work. I believe Stoker wanted woman to be below men and not above. Like in Lucy's case, she became a vampire as she because impure by all the blood transfusion that were made by many man. She has now broken the Victorian rule, she has cross boundaries and has free will to do what ever she desires and has brought upon lustful desires. But Lucy doesn't crave any sort of man blood, but goes after children blood, which is interesting. She is an impure woman with the desire to have a child, a child that has been made by impurity through the blood transfusion of other man, so symbolic. Why does the Victorian society want woman in a powerless state where all they can do is reproduce and be a house wife, take orders and never give orders, and to be home all day and have no opinion or reasoning of thinking? My believe; men are fearful that one day woman would take power over men and dominate.     Source :

WOMEN'S STATUS IN MID 19TH-CENTURY ENGLAND

A BRIEF OVERVIEW

by Helena Wojtczak



Vlad Cepesh. The King Of Wallachia

Though Dracula is very well recognized name; only a few know his prototype and original Vlad Dracula which existed in real life. His story is not less dark and frightening that Bram Stoker's "Dracula".
In 1386 in Sighisoara - a small town located in Transylvania, was born a man who left an indelible mark on history. Vlad the Impaler, better known as Count Dracula, a descendant of the ruler of Wallachia - Basarab the Great, became famous not only because of his commander talent, but also for terrible cruelty even for the Middle Ages.
We can not say that his youth was easy, that it would be predictable for this prince of the blood - the future ruler of Wallachia. When he was twelve years old, Vlad III, along with his younger brother hostage sent to the Sultan of Turkey where he stayed until he became 17. This is likely to have a negative impact on his character.
After escaping Turkey he comes back to Wallachia with Turkish troops and conquers it. Cepesh lived a very tragic life with a lot of wars, he was involved in. He is very well known for his awkward ways of execution.
After many years he looses his city. However, later once again he conqueres it and mysteriously dies in 1476.
I do understand better why Vlad Cepesh was used as a prototype for Dracula. He used to terrorize people like Cepesh did. He was very well known and everybody was scared of him. Cepesh is a bloody tyran, as well as Dracula. Back then Eastern Europe was more saturated with history than England and for English people Eastern Europe and Medittrenean was very scary place with incvision and refined methods of killing. There was no better prototype for Stoker.