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Lucy And Mina In The Novel Dracula

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In the novel, Dracula, by Bram Stoker, the two main female characters are Mina Harker and Lucy Westenra. In this Victorian setting, both women are equally important in portraying the view that Bram Stoker wanted- two types of females: the pure and the unwholesome. In the beginning, both women are the stereotypical “perfect” ladies of the time period but as we read on, the differences show more and more. Although both possess similar innocent qualities, it is shown that Lucy's naive and lack of self control creates a gap that shows the difference between the two women and slowly causes her downfall.
Mina Harker is the ideal Victorian woman. She is a more conservative and the picture of ...view middle of the document...

She does not know exactly what she wants in life and is often childish when making decisions. When writing to Mina about freedom, she replied, she "doesn't want to be free". Lucy often had desires that the perfect Mina did not want.
The main difference between Mina and Lucy is: self control and purity each one possesses that enabled them to get away from Dracula. Mina always possessed some self confidence and self control and was always seeking God's help when Dracula pounced on her. She would frequently yell "God pity me...and rub her lips as though to cleanse them from pollution". As Dracula took her in with him, she would always show signs of regret and think "what have I done?” A characteristic that saved her was her ability to stay strong and control herself. Lucy, on the other hand, was often weak and did not even attempt to fight Dracula off. She did not even seem to recollect the actions that happened between them. She observed that his face was "ghastly pale, and throat... pains". Mina successfully purified herself back to her own state but Lucy turned into a vampire. As a vampire, her bad qualities easily became apparent. In this demonic state, Lucy's eyes were "unclean and full of hell-fire, instead of the pure, gentle orbs we knew". She was not only a threat to children but her...

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