Prof. Westengard | O628 | Fall 2022

Blog 8

Summary

Dracula from 1931 appealed to people the way it did because people were becoming more liberated, more noticeably, sexually liberated, and Dracula can be seen as a symbol that acts upon that sexual liberation. During the 1920s to 30s, women were getting their independence and freeing themselves from the shadow of men; they began to cut their hair and wear more lose fitting clothes that appealed to their liking. With the freedom of their appearance, women began to step into their sexuality and embrace being promiscuous rather than fitting the norm of "purity." With this information, we can see why people well-liked Dracula, especially women; the alluring, mysterious nature of the vampire pulls people in and makes people revere them as sex symbols rather than creatures that people should fear. Dracula can be seen as a character of women coming into their sexuality and unwavering in what they want and desire. Also, during this period, prohibition was in law, where it was illegal to purchase, consume, or sell alcohol, which could have caused people to be drawn to a figure like count Dracula. They would be drawn o him because most people get drunk in their free time, and now that alcohol had been outlawed during that time, it made people turn to new entertainment sources. With more eyes on media during this time, people could have seen Dracula as a figure of determination and passion for getting what he desired, as the people watching were trying to get what they wanted. Sharing a common interest, and a strong one, allows readers and the piece of media to be well connected.

2 Comments

  1. Savara Khan

    Hello Shank, I also talked about how Dracula was so famous at that time because he was seen as a symbol or someone who the struggling American people were able to look up to who was able to be as free-willed as they wanted to be. I loved reading your post!

  2. Laura Westengard

    You make a good point about the connection between women’s new liberation in the 1920s and the appeal of the handsome and elegant Count Dracula. I wonder why they would be interested in a film that punishes women by having them be at the mercy of Dracula’s appetites. What kind of lesson do you think the film was teaching audiences?

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