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Remind yourself of the entry in Mina Harkers journal for 30th September, which concludes Chapter 17. How does this entry develop your view of Mina?

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Remind yourself of the entry in Mina Harkers journal for 30th September, which concludes Chapter 17. How does this entry develop your view of Mina? Throughout the course of this enthralling novel, the reader constantly develops numerous different views of Mina. Mina Murray is a character that is supposedly used in this book, to represent an ultimate kind of Victorian Woman. Van Helsing praises Mina in the middle of Chapter 14, saying that 'She is 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' Propriety is the most appropriate word to sum up Mina's character, since she is modest and her manners are evidently those of a very domestic wife. Mina, an assistant schoolmistress, spends her days studying, for example, the typewriter, so that she can be of assistance to her husband. We can really learn a lot about Mina's character from the contrast she makes with Lucy. ...read more.

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She says 'It was to me a painful meeting.' This really shows that the meeting was physically having an effect on her because of the loss of Lucy. She took the measures to read 'all the papers and diaries,' and that her and Jonathan ' had just finished putting them in order' after typewriting them. This really shows what a good friend Lucy is, but leads directly into another point. The whole fact that Mina can actually use the typewriter is again due to her willingness to help and be available to those in need. Mina is constantly assisting her husband, who evidently needs psychological help after being in Dracula's company. At the beginning of chapter 5, she says 'The typewriter at which also I am practicing very hard.' She learnt how to use the typewriter so that she could help her husband. She always takes her kindness a step over the line, which develops constantly throughout the book. ...read more.

Conclusion

She says ' I feel sorry, really and truly sorry.' This exaggeration is unnecessary and is just an immature way of expressing feelings. Mina, however, shows intelligence within her writing, and shows vast knowledge and maturity expected of an adult. Mina's maturity, kindness, and care for others remains more or less the same throughout the book, but her sexuality throughout the entire novel is quite strange. Although she is married and takes a great interest in her husband's life, not once throughout the novel does she say anything that merely resembles anything sexual. This may be seen as a deficient characteristic, but I think that Bram Stoker purposely made Mina refrain from resembling her sexual desire, so that Mina could maintain her decency. Mina enters the readers mind immediately as a strong honest character, and I truly feel that she was able to maintain that throughout the novel with tremendous success. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mikey Holder 09/05/2007 English Literature Dracula-Essay 1 - 1 - ...read more.

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