Mother Lucy

For most of human history, women were expected to be stay-at-home mothers, and their job was to care for the children they were expected to have. Lucy represents the dangers of stepping outside the box of what women are expected. This is because she is a femme fatale. She has too much power over men and that is why she is killed while Mina is saved. When Lucy becomes a vampire, she always goes for children. Johnathan does not believe she could ever hurt anyone because of the dangerous effect the book is showing Lucy having over him. Van Helsin talked to Seward about it when he said, “ ‘You think then that those small holes in the children’s throats were made by the same that made the hole in Miss Lucy?’ ‘I suppose so’ … ‘then you are wrong’… He threw himself with a despairing gesture into a chair and placed his elbows on the table, covering his face with hands as he spoke: ‘ They were made by Miss Lucy!’ ” (206 Stoker) Lucy being a femme fatal already goes against the number one prospect women should not have, this being power over men. To continue on with this theme her chosen victims are children. Since it was a woman’s job to care for children, and she represented what women should not be, her chosen victims were the people women were allowed to have power over. This part goes along with the rampant idea in the Victorian age in relation to eugenics that if you give someone an inch they’re going to go a mile. She already has the worst characteristic that it was believed women could have at the time, so therefore, it was necessary to also take away the only good characteristics women could have. Due to the fact that Lucy is a femme fatale, she is seen as a very sexual being. At this time women being seen as sexual was immediately blamed on her and not the men believing this. Even though in almost every aspect of life she is the perfect lady, due to her being a femme fatale, she needs to be used as an example of what women should never be. She had too much power, and needed to lose control over everything, which means death including what women were typically allowed to have control over.