There are two radically different types of female characters represented in Dracula. One type represents everything that the ideal Victorian woman should be which essentially is virginal. The other is the polar opposite, not virginal but also not sexually committed to anyone, which is frowned upon in Victorian times. This difference in female characters is especially interesting being Lucky starts to turn into the latter.
The brides of Dracula are described as beautiful women. “All three had brilliant white teeth, that shone like pearls against the ruby of their voluptuous lips. There was something about them that made me uneasy, some longing and at the same time some deadly fear. I felt in my heart a wicked, burning desire that they would kiss me with those red lips.” (Page 42). These brides are the definition of vixens, sexually attractive to entice humans into letting the brides ‘kiss’ them, or bite them.
Mina and Lucy are displayed as proper virginal Victorian ladies. Mina’s job even follows this description, as the note at the bottom on the page states “Mina is a working woman, but not, in the 1890s, and improper one.” (Page 55). However, she differs from traditional Victorian women by the simple fact that she does work. She even intends to help Jonathan by studying shorthand. Lucy doesn’t have a job, and thus fits the traditional stereotype more than Mina does. She talks extensively about the people she has met and how deeply she is in love.
Lucy’s journey through this book is interesting, starting out as a woman who by all accounts seems well cared for and fits perfectly into the traditional Victorian role of women. This starts to change, however, when her sickness begins. She starts sleepwalking, and shortly after begins to have wounds on her neck. Mina is the first to notice these wounds, saying “I must have pinched up a piece of loose skin and have transfixed it, for there are two little red points like pinpricks, and on the band of her nightdress was a drop of blood.” (Page 89).
As Lucy’s sickness continues, it becomes apparent how much blood she is losing. The audience does not know this yet, but ever time her blood is lost (by Dracula taking it) she steps closer and closer to becoming her opposite. The sucking of her blood can also be seen as a sexual act, thus making her not a ‘proper’ Victorian woman anymore. The fact that she also receives transfusions from three different men also carries a sexual theme, as stated on Colleen’s blog. This further disintegrates her character, as it implies that she has sex with all three men, making her more like Dracula’s brides than what she was previously.
This culminates in Lucy dying and actually turning into the vixen that her character has become, ending her journey.