Dracula Personality Analysis

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If you were moments away from being in an inevitable car accident, would you try to stop the car, or, would you try to defend yourself from the accidents’ aftermath? Sure, we have all heard of the ‘fight or flight’ defensive mechanism, it was Sigmund Freud himself who described the first complete theory of personality, and founded psychoanalysis. His descriptions described the mental and emotional systems of defense, which we all have, but vary depending on the situation we are forced to face.
The characters of Jonathan Harker and Lucy Westenra featured in Dracula by Bram Stoker attempt to conform to the social norms of the European Victorian era, however, occasionally the intellectual drive of the Eros and Thanatos tendencies of the Id surface
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Jonathan is about to give into the abuse of the brides, through the unconscious will of the Eros that overcomes his sound mind, and recalls that he, “...lay quiet, looking out from under my eyelashes in an agony of delightful anticipation. The fair girl advanced and bent over me till I could feel the movement of her breath upon me. Sweet it was in one sense, honey-sweet, and sent the same tingling through the nerves as her voice, but with a bitter underlying the sweet, a bitter offensiveness, as one smells in blood. I was afraid to raise my eyelids...” (24.1) Jonathan is an intelligent man who normally recognizes social cues quickly, and was obviously aware of the brides’ intentions at the time. However, he practices the mechanism of denial by keeping his eyes closed, as if that would make the brides disappear and make the situation acceptable. In addition to attempting to deny severity of the scenario, Jonathan also attempts to pretend that the situation he was subjected to wasn’t his fault at all. As Count Dracula storms into the scene, “with a fierce sweep of his arm, he hurled the woman from him, and then motioned to the others, as though he were beating them back. It was the same imperious gesture that I had seen used to the wolves...Then the horror overcame me, and I sank …show more content…
Their inability to act as their normal selves and try to defend themselves in ways that they normally wouldn’t show us how Freud’s findings can be applied to Stoker’s famous story. They can also be applied to how we act, in non-supernatural circumstances. The human mind is a mysterious thing, yet we know a little more about it now. Through the description of personality, we can apply the human races’ usage of defense mechanisms in everyday life, and try to understand one another better than we could

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