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Abraham Van Helsing

A second outlet for Stokerís own character is Abraham Van Helsing. He is the only character in the book, which the author has described in great detail. He is a man of medium built with strong shoulders set back over a broad deep chest and a neck well balanced on the trunk as the head is on the neck. The poise of the head strikes one at once, as indicative of thought and power, the head is noble well-sized, broad large behind the ears. The face is clean-shaven, shows a hard square chin, a large resolute molecule mouth, a good sized nose rather straight bumps with quick sensitive nostrils that seem to broaden as the big bushy eyebrows coming down as the mouth tightens. The forehead is broad and fine rising at first almost straight and then stopping back two bumps or ridges wide apart, such a forehead that the reddish hair cannot possible tumble over it but falls naturally back and to the sides. Big, dark blue eyes are set widely apart and are quick and stern with the manís moods.

He is old, gray and lonely. His wife is insane and his son is dead. He remains faithful to the memory of is wife and finds a substitute for companionship in work, though he comes to "love" each and every one of the little band afflicted by Dracula and views them as sons and daughters. He treasures old-fashioned writes and is unsettled by the skeptical old-fashioned Victorian age he lives in. He is the remote aged specialist. He is a catholic scientist battling against the forces of evil.


Many critics believe Van Helsing is the hero of Dracula. The Dutch professor is the repository of worldly wisdom without, whom Draculaís evil schemes would have definitely succeeded. As a doctor of medicine, of philosophy, of letters and a lawyer, he is portrayed as a free thinker and all-round intellectual. He knows many languages and has revolutionized therapeutics by the discovery of the continuous evolution of brain matter. When he is introduced, the reader is in no doubt that this was the right person to fight Dracula.

He is a paragon of professional and personal virtues. Both as a professor and sleuth, he is detached, purposeful and gifted with superior intellects. He is very shrewd and though not a professional vampire hunter, his systematic stalking of Dracula ends the evil Countís life.

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