Understanding the Sexism in Dracula
the reference I selected is chapter 5, the letters and diary entries amongst Mina and Lucy. Lucy and Mina talk about their individual romances. Mina discusses how she is grateful that her fiancé is coming back home. Furthermore Lucy replies with stories about her own marriage views. She received proposals from 4 men, which are Dr. John Seward, Quincey Morris and Arthur Holmwood, whose proposal she has accepted.
This reference shows both Lucy and Mina’s letters towards each other. Lucy argues the difference between men and woman. She states “My dear Mina, why are men so noble when we women are so little worthy of them?” she is asking the question why must men be more overlooked then women. Lucy is questioning the Victorian society. I chose this reference to show the idea of sexism from the Victorian times because when both Lucy and Mina were writing to each other, they expressed their characters in a way that was naturally different from other Victorian woman. Lucy also exposes that she is a sexualized being in the letters. Lucy gets three marriage proposals in a single day, but she can only pick one, which has her wondering; “Why can’t they let a girl marry three men, or as many as want her, and save all this trouble?” Lucy takes her word back, since women in Victorian society is not able to promote her character in such ways. In her apology she states her words as “heresy” which means opinion opposing to orthodox religious. Lucy was a young lady who wanted more out of life then other women at the time. Lucy kept referring to the idea of “New Woman" in the letters. This was a term used for women who wanted to be free of Victorian restrictions. The new woman metaphor is evil. The novel shows us how Mina and Lucy talking about being a new woman and shows us where that lead them to. Lucy was very sexual and seductive. She desired 4 men by her side. By her having these traits she ended up dying. Stokers message was an act of being sexual from a lady would lead her to her death
In the novel there was acts of sexism towards men additionally. In a since in the novel Jonathan was up ducted by Dracula. Dracula was controlling Jonathan and taking advantage of him. Which took away his men hood. Jonathan realizes that he is a prisoner in Castle Dracula. He encounters three ghostly women there who seem ready to attack him but are driven away by Dracula “When I am done with him you shall kiss him at your will,” the count tells them. This shows how Dracula is in control of Jonathan. When this happened Mina, who was Jonathan’s wife almost, left him and thus caused him to go insane. The message stoker was saying is a man has to be manly. He has rules to follow: protecting his women, starting a family and be adventures and has to be smart. If a man does not follow these rules in the novel it shows us the bad things that happen to a man.