Dracula’s End

Mina is the ultimate Angel in the House on the cusp of becoming a New Woman. She does whatever is her duty, but she still has an independence about her that is relatable. She goes so far as to sacrifice her own life should she begin to turn in order to save the lives of the men around her. But also note that she is obedient to Dracula as well. Here, I think we should start discussing genre because, although I have never had a class where I learned about the fantastic, I brushed up on it a bit and found that it separates the difference between the uncanny (that which can be rationally explained) and the marvelous (that which is simply supernatural). Could Stoker be posing questions about religion here? I’m not positive about vampiric lore, maybe Parker can help me on this, but have vampires always been weakened or repelled by Christian and/or other holy objects? If not, then Stoker is definitely saying something here about religion’s reliability. He could either be arguing that religion is the only defense against all things evil, unwanted, and unnatural, or he could be arguing that religion is also supernatural enough to battle against something equally supernatural, like its evil counterpart – demons, vampires, etc. I believe it is the former; Stoker is postulating that religion is the only defense we have against the marvelous and supernatural. When one is impure, like Mina in her slow turning, they are scarred and are therefore Othered and are no longer a part of our reality.

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