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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 These sexual relationships could not be tolerated by Victorian standards and had to be punished to maintain the status quo This fatal woman who hung on the edge of amorality outside a neat conservative society had never been so charming so intelligent so gracious or graceful - or so threatening As a sexually aggressive woman Carmilla illustrated the fear that women would engage in relationships with each other as a substitute for men For the first time in literature a vampire is distinguished as separate from humans not by species but by intensity Carmilla was a wholly physical vampire that was seen as simply a beautiful
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