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Men and Womens Roles

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Daniella Shaw

on 27 April 2010

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Transcript of Men and Womens Roles

Roles Of Men & Women
In Dracula Conventional Conventionally in the gothic genre the women are dipicted as
Beautiful & well accomplished
Fragile and in need of male counterpart
And to embody feminine values and virtues Men
High social rank
Having possession of considerable powers
The typical "knight in shining armour" As we know Stoker conveys to some of these conventions but he also subverts them too MINA Mina is your typical Gothic Heroine
Stoker presents her as a well accoplished woman
Mina is fully devoted to her husband (learning shorthand to help him in his career)
Beautiful but physically weak
Seen through the "male gaze"
A "pearl among women"
Her innocent and maternal nature make her
a perfect role model for Lucy
She embodies the highest virtues of Christian womanhood and of Victorian society
“one of God’s women, fashioned by His own hand to show us men and other women that there is a heaven where we can enter, and that its light can be here on earth. So true, so sweet, so noble. . . .”
However Mina subverts the traditional role of a woman
as without her the men would not be able to
beat Count Dracula:
She is said to have a "man's brain,"
She is able to maintain an objective viewpoint even at times of suffering
Her research helps the men track the Count down in Transylvania Though Mina sees herself through the
male gaze "i could not resost the temptation of mystifying
him a bit - I suppose it is some of the taste of the Original
apple that remains still in our mouths LUCY

There are two distinct kinds of women portrayed, and they represent the sexual situation of the Victorian era.

If Mina Harker is the image of the perfect Victorian woman, then Lucy Westenra is the expression of the aberrant woman


Lucy and Mina are juxtaposed by Stoker to express the two levels of womanly conduct, one acceptable and one unacceptable, one acting feminine and one acting masculine, with Lucy being on the unfavorable (masculine) side. Because of her natural promiscuity (a trait seen as reserved for men, not women), she is susceptible to Dracula's bite, and succumbs to vampirism rather quickly compared to Mina. Van Helsing
Van Helsing emerges as a well-matched adversary to the count, and he is initially the only character who possesses a mind open enough to contemplate and address Dracula’s particular brand of evil. Represents Transgression "Father Figure" He straddles two distinct worlds, the old and the new: the first marked by fearful respect for tradition, the second by ever-progressing modernity. Van Helsing views his pursuit of Dracula with an air of grandiosity. He envisions his band as “ministers of God’s own wish,” and assures his comrades that “we go out as the old knights of the Cross to redeem more.” Van Helsing follows the typical gothic conventional
roles - though he is still seen a foreign (like Dracula)
You could say that other Male roles in the novel
subvert the typical protaganists as they all show a great
deal of emotions (such a crying) characteristically in context
this was a feminine thing to do as ONLY women we're overwhelmed
by emotion
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