Theme Of Women In Dracula

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In Dracula, Stoker portrays male characters believing that women are not as capable or intelligent as men through multiple occasions. For instance, when Mina first arrived at Dr. Seward was conversing with Van Helsing shortly after, Van Helsing responded by saying, "Ah, that wonderful Madam Mina! She has man's brain--a brain that a man should have were he much gifted--and a woman's heart.” Van Helsing is implying that a man’s brain is greater than a woman’s brain. He is also saying that all men are smart by referencing a gifted mind as a “man’s brain” not by plainly stating she has an intelligent brain. Additionally, Van Helsing creates another stereotype by his implication that all women have cordial personality. Another example of Stoker improperly displaying the strength and equality of women is when Van Helsing mentioned about the vitality of men’s blood during the period where Lucy was feeling sick from Dracula attacking…show more content…
The lady vampires seductiveness is also explained by the sudden thirst to obtain a kiss. Stoker also makes sure to emphasize that the kiss were to come from the lips, which is unnessaccary as kisses can only come from the lips. That redundancy is meant to focus on the sensual behavior of the vampires by mentioning the red lips again. A little later the lady vampires began to make a move on Jonathan by starting to seduce him. Jonathan said, “There was a deliberate voluptuousness which was both thrilling and repulsive, and as she arched her neck she actually licked her lips like an animal, till I could see in the moonlight the moisture shining on the scarlet lips and on the red tongue as it lapped the white sharp teeth.” Once again, the lady vampire licking her lips like an animal accentuates her erotic desire. Another example of the sensual conduct portrayed by women in Dracula is when Lucy is on her deathbed. She starts speaking strangely for Arthur to come and join her and says, “In a sort of
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