Analysis Of Lucy Westenra In Bram Stoker's Dracula

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Sex sells. One of the oldest business mantras in the United States, this phrase is applicable across the world and through time. And sometimes, sex sells a little too well. This is the case for Lucy Westenra in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. In a story containing action, adventure, and thrill, the tale of the two women is placed, uncaringly, in the rear in comparison to the story of the men. This forgetfulness is unfair, as Lucy and Mina Murray Harker arguably play as big a part as Van Helsing or Dracula himself. Lucy is the first person the audience sees fall under the evil, malevolent spell of Count Dracula. As women, she and Mina are the Count’s primary goal. Through them, and through the women of the world in general, the Count intends to spread…show more content…
Both are quiet, demure, and naturally submissive in nature. Both are shining examples of innocence, virtue, and sophistication. The key difference between Lucy and Mina, in the early letters, is that Lucy has a sexualized beauty about her that Mina does not possess. She is described as blonde, voluptuous, innocent, and pure in one breath. An air of vulnerability hangs about Lucy, driving people like Van Helsing to protect her. She seems to be the example of what a woman should be in the late 19th century. Her innate sexuality, however, reveals itself to be her…show more content…
Dracula is selecting the women he wants to transform very meticulously. He will not settle for a plain Jane, he must have the beautiful Lucy. To Stoker, Lucy’s sexuality would have lowered her in the eyes of the class system. Stoker likens this to her descent into vampirehood, as a fall from good graces into the pits of despair and turmoil.
However, even a woman with as loose and unbound morals as Lucy does not deserve to rot in Hell for something she did not do. Mina, Van Helsing, and Lucy’s three suitors make finding Lucy their priority, in order to assist her into a final, righteous resting place. Upon finding her, and witnessing the horror of her feeding upon a child, Holmwood plunges a stake into her heart, killing both his fiancé and the monster she has become. Van Helsing confirms the justification of this act, stating that by ending her immortal life, Holwood has helped Lucy find a peaceful resting place for
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