Mina harker and lucy westenra are best friends mina is first engaged to, and then married to jonathan harker she is a devoted and submissive wife, but she is also educated and intellectual. The portrayal of mina in stoker's dracula and coppola's bram stoker's dracula katharina mewald [katharina mewald is a research assistant at the department of english at the university of vienna. Lucy and mina are the only two female characters we meet in detail in dracula, and are also the only two characters we see becoming vampires - indeed, they are the only vampiric characters, with the exception of the chief antagonist, that are described in detail within the novel. Chapter 5 letter from miss mina murray to miss lucy westenra may 9 my dearest lucy, forgive my long delay in writing, but i have been simply overwhelmed with work.
There are three predominant female roles within dracula: mina murray, lucy westenra and the three vampire brides, all of which possess different attributes and play different roles within the novel it is apparent that the feminine portrayal within this novel, especially the sexual nature. Published: mon, 5 dec 2016 bram stoker's novel, dracula was written during the late nineteenth century and is commonly classified as a horror novel further analysis however, has brought to light the buried symbols and themes of sexuality that the novel holds within it. Additionally, mina murray and lucy westenra appear to have been written as opposites in financial situation only they appear to share a certain purity and a single-minded devotion to their husbands-to-be.
Lucy westenra is mina's best friend and later on becomes one of the un-dead, and arthur holmwood is the son of lord godalming and later on becomes the king after his father dies. The original bram stoker novel that the public-domain character dracula comes from it was first published in 1897 jonathan harker, a young british solicitor about to be made partner, is sent out to castle dracula in transylvania to see about a new client of his firm waiting at home for him is his. Dracula is an 1897 gothic horror novel by irish author bram stoker it introduced count dracula, and established many conventions of subsequent vampire fantasy the novel tells the story of dracula's attempt to move from transylvania to england so that he may find new blood and spread the undead. In england, mina murray, harker's fiancee, visits her friend, lucy westenra, who is suddenly stricken with an unexplained illness one night mina follows lucy during one of her sleepwalking.
Two of the characters that feature prominently in dracula are mina murray and lucy westenra other female characters worth bringing into the conversation about female representations are the three daughters of dracula. The story in the following few chapters is presented through a series of letters between mina murray and lucy westenra, and also through journal entries of various characters, as well as by newspaper articles and even a ship's log. By this time, dracula has departed for england, where he infects various lairs and haunts two young women: harker's fiancée mina murray and her best friend lucy westenra newly engaged, lucy falls mysteriously ill before succumbing to a wolf attack, only to reemerge as a vampire.
Lucy westenra: a 19-year-old aristocrat mina's best friend arthur's fiancée and dracula's first victim arthur holmwood : lucy's suitor and later fiancé john seward : a doctor one of lucy's suitors and a former student of van helsing. Harker's fiancée, mina murray, is staying with her friend lucy westenra, who is holidaying in whitby lucy receives three marriage proposals from dr john seward , quincey morris , and arthur holmwood (the son of lord godalming who later obtains the title himself  . V letter from miss mina murray to miss lucy westenra vi mina murray's journal consider freud's essay the uncanny in relation to stoker's dracula. Wilhelmina murray's closest friend in the novel was lucy westenra mina and lucy were childhood friends, but were not of the same social standing this was so because mina's mother worked for the westenra household.
Chapter 5 summary: in may, as the end of another academic term nears, miss mina murray, an assistant schoolmistress and (as we know from previous chapters) the fiance of jonathan harker, writes to her close friend lucy westenra, inquiring in her postscript about rumours of a tall, handsome, curly-haired man. Horror stories are known to be misogynistic in their portrayal of women bram stoker's dracula is no exception the novel offers a stereotypical, character archetype of the female in various forms: mina harker, lucy westenra, and the succubi. The two women in dracula (1897), lucy westenra and mina murray, embody two different vews of womanhood, and meet very different fates view images from this item (2) the character of mina murray in dracula is more subtle. Miss lucy westenra mina murray's closest friend she is a young woman of nineteen who becomes engaged to arthur holmwood she is a young woman of nineteen who becomes engaged to arthur holmwood her penchant for sleepwalking allows her to become dracula's first victim, and after her death, she will become one of the un-dead.
Lucy westenra is one of the main characters in the novel, dracula by bram stoker lucy is a beautiful young lady whose innocence and virtuous being draws three suitors to her although, this portrayed innocence is not the only thing that is drawing these men towards her. Lucy westenra asks her friend mina this question after she receives three marriage proposals in one day the remark establishes lucy's strong sexuality though she is at this point still a 'respectable' and chaste woman, her comment verges on the sexually promiscuous, by the rigid standards of victorian england. The sexual symbolism present in the novel has been interpreted in a number of different ways, from speculation that it actually represents closeted homosexuality to the view of dracula's attacks on mina and lucy as disguised rapes (bentley, abstract.