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the significance of mina harker

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WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MINA HARKER A Victorian woman effectively had only two options, she was a virgin, a model of purity and innocence or indeed the only other moralistic alternative, a wife and mother. If she was neither of these, she was considered a whore, and thus of no consequence to society. This coincides with Lucy's death as her personality possesses aspects which break the boundaries of such a rigid society. On the transformation into the vampire she expresses sexual proficiency which could undermine a man's control, therefore death leading to be the only logical alternative. Mina on the other hand represented the more stereotypical role of a female in Victorian society, a caring mother. ...read more.

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Mina throughout the novel shows no independence. Rather, she is a dutiful wife and mother, and her successes are always in the service of men. Which is why when she is introduced in the novel she is learning shorthand typewriting for marriage, Mina's moral perfection remains as stainless in the end as any Victorian woman. The erotic undercurrents of Dracula begin with Jonathan Harkers encounter with the three "mistresses". These women seemed to be in possession of an unbridled libido as they urge each other on, "He is young and strong; there are kisses for us all." Although this potential orgy would, at first, seem to be the ultimate fulfilment of male fantasy, Jonathan has misgivings. ...read more.

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We might expect that Mina, who sympathizes with the boldly progressive "New Women" of England, would be doomed to suffer Lucy's fate as punishment for her progressiveness. Stoker instead fashions Mina into a goddess of conservative male fantasy. Though resourceful and intelligent enough to conduct the research that leads Van Helsing's crew to the count, Mina is far from a "New Woman" herself. Mina throughout the novel shows no independence. Rather, she is a dutiful wife and mother, and her successes are always in the service of men. Which is why when she is introduced in the novel she is learning shorthand typewriting for marriage, Mina's moral perfection remains as stainless in the end as any Victorian woman. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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