Analysis Of The Novel ' Dracula '

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Mina’s Conflicting Identity As discussed in class, as well as in many literary analyses of the novel, Dracula is full of statements regarding gender roles and gender separation in the late nineteenth century. Stoker conveys contrasting female personas through Lucy and Mina. Though these women exist in the same time period and within the same social class, they have varying personality traits that reflect their womanhood in relation to societal ideals and, more specifically, to the men around them. Multiple times within the novel, the traits of the ideal nineteenth century woman are challenged, not only through Lucy and Mina themselves, but also through the reactions and opinions of male characters, such as Van Helsing. One of the most obvious occurrences is relayed to the reader through Mina’s journal. She writes about the ‘New Woman’ and expresses what may be interpreted as a sense of desire to emulate this progressive persona. Mina’s opinion of the New Woman is somewhere between fear and adoration. Stoker uses this passage to show Mina’s unspoken struggle between being the woman society expects her to be and being a more modern woman by presenting the reader with the equivalence of an internal monologue; since Mina writes these thoughts in her journal, but does not express them to anyone else. After a long walk outdoors, Lucy and Mina go to bed. Lucy falls asleep first, giving Mina a chance to write in her journal. Mina begins the entry be recounting the pair’s

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