Analysis Of Bram Stoker's Dracula

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Voluptuous Vampire or Proper Prude Written and set in the late 19th century, Bram Stoker’s epistolary novel Dracula is a pivotal book in gothic/horror literature. Like most novels written by men, Dracula appeals more to the male audience and their fantasies and fears about women than to the Victorian Age woman. In the novel, Lucy and Mina are the only two female characters the reader meets in detail, and they are also the only two characters that are seen becoming vampires – indeed, they are the only major vampire characters, with the exception of the chief antagonist, who are described in detail within the novel. Therefore it is clear that these two play a very important role in representing females in the novel. Both characters are also…show more content…
This can be seen when Van Helsing comments about Mina, “She is one of God 's women, fashioned by His own hand to show us men and other women that there is a heaven where we can enter, and that its light can be here on earth. So true, so sweet, so noble, so little an egoist—and that, let me tell you, is much in this age…” ( 197 ). The fact that Stoker has chosen to include such an important contrast between the two major characters so early in the novel suggests that it will play an important part in the narrative. The reader later learns that this difference is essential to the plot, as it is only Mina’s purity and innocence that allows the group to defeat Dracula at the end of the novel, and ultimately saves Mina from Lucy’s fate. Lucy’s part in the novel may be relatively short, yet her role is essential to the audience’s understanding of the novel’s message about female roles and female sexuality in Victorian society since she is the first victim of Count Dracula. At the same time, Lucy is the only character whose transformation into a vampire Stoker describes in detail: At times she slept, and both Van Helsing and I noticed the difference in her, between sleeping and waking. Whilst asleep she looked stronger, although more haggard and her breathing was softer; her open mouth showed the pale
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