Following my last blog post, I have decided to write about Mina’s journey into vampirism and how it is similar and different to Lucy’s.
Dracula first visits Mina when she is staying alone. It is kind of ironic that he visits her then, since the men are away. It seems that Dracula is taunting the men and their inability thus far to destroy him. Mine, however, is clueless to what is happening to her. “The gas-light which I had left lit for Jonathan, but turned down, came only like a tiny red spark through the fog, which had evidently grown thicker and poured into the room. Then it occurred to me that I had shut the window before I had come to bed. I would have gotten out to make certain on the point, but some leaden lethargy seemed to chain my limbs, and even my will.” (page 227).
She believes this meeting to be only a dream, though she does after some time realize that she is “dreaming” of Dracula.
It is evident that Dracula has been draining the blood from Mina, because she wakes up so weak. Renfield even commented on it. “I don’t care for pale people; I like them with lots of blood in them, and hers had all seemed to have run out. I didn’t think of it at the time; but when she went away I began to think, and it made me mad to know that He had been taking the life out of her” (page 245)
Mina’s relationship with Dracula seems to be more intense than Lucy’s ever was. Lucy was just used, and he blood taken. However Mina actually gets into the act as well, drinking Dracula’s blood too.. even though it seems like it was forced on her. After the fact, she is very upset and calls herself unclean and says that she should not be able to touch her husband any longer.
It’s interesting that Mina was so much more connected to Dracula than Lucy was. It seems to me to go back to the fact that Dracula is taunting the men. This is especially clear because in the scene where Mina is drinking Dracula’s blood, Jonathan is lying helpless nearby. The men in this book seem very protective of Mina, for example, they don’t let her know of the progress of their mission is, and don’t tell her any details relating to Dracula. This actually works in perfect favor to Dracula, who is able to manipulate her without her knowing the details of him.