Lucy Vs. Mina: Opposites Reveal Truth About Human Mentality

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Placing two opposite people in the same exact situation can reveal truth about how the human mind works. Differing personalities, decisions made, and impulses of each person influence their destiny. The use of the characters Lucy Westerna and Mina Harker in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, give insight into how certain types of humans think and how decisions they make determine their future. Lucy and Mina have such different views and reactions when placed in an uncertain situation such as being bit by a vampire. By examining the psychology of the characters, Lucy and Mina, it is revealed that through their opposing characteristics when placed in the same situation that the factors of fear, fascination, uncertainty, instincts, and capability to accept or reject change that much is divulged about human nature and how decisions and reactions make their future inevitable.
Lucy Westerna is viewed as innocent, ignorant, young, dependent on others, and selfishly in her own world. According to Eltis’ essay, “Lucy is far more reminiscent of the traditional feminine, defenseless, and frivolous Victorian lady…she clearly has no occupations or concerns beyond her social engagements and amours” (Eltis 457). She has never had a job or shown qualities of being headstrong or dedicated to anything except for her life. Lucy is caught up in her love life and when she receives three marriage proposals, she shows how she is egotistical and caught up in her own rosy world. Lucy writes to Mina, “today I have had three. Just Fancy! Three Proposals in one day! Isn’t it awful!” (Stoker 78). Lucy says she feels awful but definitely is not. She continues to say, “Oh, Mina, I am so happy I don’t know what to do with myself. And three proposals!” (78). She is obviously happy and flaunting the fact that she got three proposals because she says it over and over again. She thinks very highly of herself especially when she says, “But for goodness sake, don’t tell any of the girls, or they would be getting all sorts of extravagant ideas and imagining themselves injured and slighted in their very first day at home they did not get six as least” (78). This quote represents exactly who Lucy is which is stuck-up. When Dracula bites Lucy, her personality traits and overall outlook on life make it inevitable for her to become a vampire. Because Lucy is so ignorant, self involved, and aimless she couldn’t be strong enough to fight off this change that a vampire is inflicting upon her. Lucy submits to Dracula’s power many times and lets him control her easily. Lucy is destined to become a vampire.
Mina Harker however is put in the same situation of being bit by the count and is able to fight the change. Her personality is very headstrong, independent, self sufficient, and educated. Mina is worldly and knows what to do in tough situations, she can handle anything. She is headstrong, powerful, and even has power over Lucy, like a babysitter or mother figure. Mina always has to watch after...

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