The Role Of The Mother Figure In Dracula

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However, it is not only the women in the narrative that besmirch the mother figure. Dracula himself defiles the image of motherhood when he not only "births" the texts vampires, but he also gives blood to Mina in one of the more gruesome scenes of the novel:
Kneeling on the near edge of the bed facing outwards was the white-clad figure of [Mina]. By her side stood a tall, thin man, clad in black. His face was turned from us, but the instant we saw we all recognized the Count […]. With his left hand he held both Mrs. Harker's hands, keeping them away with her arms at full tension; his right hand gripped her by the back of the neck, forcing her face down on his bosom. Her white nightdress was smeared with blood, and a thin stream trickled down the man's bare breast which was shown by his torn-open dress. The attitude of the two had the resemblance to a child forcing a kitten's nose into a saucer of milk to compel it to
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At the beginning of the novel, he holds all the cards. He knows the riddle's answer while all the other characters can only guess and imagine what his objective might be. They are able to defeat him only after having solved the riddle of what Dracula is. Van Helsing summarises all that he has learned about vampires (Stoker 208-213) and after his speech he proposes: "And now we must settle what we do. We have here much data, and we must proceed to lay out our campaign" (Stoker 213). They have solved the riddle of the vampire and so the hunter becomes the hunted. It is also true that like the sphinx Dracula is not actually killed by our male heroes. The way they kill him in the end with a bowie knife and the way the count "crumble[s] into dust and passe[s] from [their] sight" (Stoker 325) is not how one is supposed to kill vampires as illustrated before with Lucy (Stoker 146/147). Like the Sphinx, Dracula might have "destroyed" himself rather than being killed by the male
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