The Portrayal of Women in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”

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The Portrayal of Women in Bram Stoker’s "Dracula"
Bram
Stoker’s Dracula is the best-known vampire story of our time. It is a classic work of fictional terror that has created a prototypical vampire, an image that is still a part of popular culture today. Dracula also looks at sexuality in the Victorian Era and
Bram
Stoker uses this novel to convey the beliefs, fears, and thoughts of the people of the Victorian Era. This paper will examine the portrayal of women of the Victorian era in this novel. In Chapter 18 Dracula, Van
Helsing
says, “Ah, that wonderful Madam Mina! She has man's brain - a brain that a man should have were he much gifted - and woman's heart” The paper will examine what this statement means in terms of being a Victorian...
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.....e can. Most of the second half of the novel is focused on the issue of her purity and the men decide to kill Dracula in order to protect Mina chastity. She is seen a powerless and doomed without the aid of the man.
In the Victorian society the female sexuality was repressed and even punished. Dracula, a foreigner, irresistible to women represents real threat to the Victoria women in general and as such the entire order to the Victorian society. Stoker’s novel reflects these fears, and the destruction of Dracula implies not only Mina being saved from a ‘fate worse than death’ but also the redemption of the Victorian women from downfall.Bibliography
1. Stoker,
Bram
. Dracula 1897. Ed. Nina
Auerbach
& David J.
Skal
. New York: Norton, 1997