Question: English & Literature

How do Mina and Lucy represent the Victorian ideal of a woman? How do they compare and contrast with the three woman vampires at Dracula’s castle.
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Mina and Lucy are chaste, obedient, kind, and selfless. They see themselves as unworthy of the attentions of the good and noble men around them. They are perfectly content to be subservient to their husbands and men in general. In comparison, the three women vampires have a disturbing sexuality, using the euphemism of a “kiss” to refer to their desire to bite. They are “voluptuous” and “wanton,” acting selfishly and greedily. They are the antithesis of Mina and Lucy, and this division creates a dichotomy of two female archetypes: the Madonna and the whore.
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