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Women in Dracula Dracula is a complicated novel with many themes Perhaps the most prominent theme is the derogatory portrayal of women During the time period Dracula was written there was a large feminist movement and womens traditional roles were starting to change As seen in A Dolls House women were supposed to be the angles of the house They were not expected to do any work other than keeping the house clean and entertaining the guests and children Stoker used Dracula as a median to express his opinions towards on the subject Stoker like many other males of his day accepted this role of women and was not open to the idea of women changing their roles Women were starting to make their own decisions and were starting to hold jobs and positions of authority Bram Stoker himself grew up in a feminist household but soon changed his beliefs as he grew older Dracula is a sexist novel Stoker a sexist was conservative and did not approve of this His beliefs can be seen in the novel through Lucy a typical ditz and a woman with no inner strength Lucy fits into the angel stereotype perfectly Mina on the other hand represents the new breed of women those who are independent smart and resourceful like current men of the time Mina is successful in her battle against Dracula where Lucy is not This was perhaps a prophecy on Stokers part as to how he thought the womens rights scene would play out Stoker portayed women as zipper heads utter ditzes and incompetante of doing most simple things Mina cannot be used as a counter argument because she is a man There are only two prominent female characters in the book Lucy and Mina This is not a coincidence intentionally or not Stoker has the large majority of characters men mainly because he found them to be more versatile Stoker with his sexist
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