The Label Of Hero Is Not Just Used For Men By Bram Stoker Essay

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The label of hero is not just used for men but also for women. There are many examples of female heroes’ in movies and in literature. However, it didn’t start out that way. In the 1800s, European society expected for any woman portrayed in literature to exhibit certain characteristics. Generally, women tended to be weak willed, primarily interested in marriage, and rarely, if ever, encountered real hardship. These are now well worn stereotypes. While these traits can be found in many of the female characters in novels written during this era, the book Dracula, written by Bram Stoker in 1897, deviated from this stereotype. Two of the main female characters, Mina and Lucy, represented the types of women that were known during that time. Comparing the two characters, it is clear to see the divide between old female stereotypes and the new feminist wave that was spreading across the globe. The author’s character Lucy represents the old views and values placed on women. One the other hand, Mina represents the new age woman emerging as a result of the industrial revolution. Using diction, each character’s traits to embody the different ideologies, and character description, Bram Stoker compares the two clashing views of how a woman “should be.” The female leads served as a representation of old verse new ideologies, but they have also come to symbolize the movement for stronger female characters in literature.
The word choices utilized by Lucy were different from Mina’s. Lucy…

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