Prof. Westengard | O628 | Fall 2022

Blog 8

The 1920s was a revolutionary time for women and society. The 1920s represented an era of change and growth. The decade was one of learning and exploration. America had become a world power and was no longer considered just another former British colony. In this time, the nineteenth amendment is passed and grants women the right to vote, stirring in them more courage for themselves. Prohibition is enacted, making the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcohol illegal.

Most importantly, in the 1930s Dracula is premiered as one of the earliest classic American horror films. In the midst of financial hardships and prohibitions this film was well received in it’s time. I believe the people at this time were happy to see something different in film and so gory on screen as Count Dracula biting into Lucy’s neck and having her return as a vampire. As a society I do not believe they made a correlation between the life they were living and the film but rather enjoyed the distraction from reality. Perhaps some may find a hero in Professor Van Helsing, or others might fantasize about Count Dracula.

I imagine the mixed reviews this film may receive from different women as I mentioned earlier, this was around the time women had gained the power to vote. While some may find count Dracula good looking, dreamy and mysterious, others may find his actions despicable. After all he did prey on young woman and murder them by turning them into vampires.

1 Comment

  1. Laura Westengard

    Great interpretation using a feminist methodology!

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