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Jonathan and Mina Harker

It is fitting that a discussion of the cast of Dracula begins with Jonathan Harker. It is he who is responsible for bringing the Count to England and suffers irredeemable guilt for so doing, and who fittingly severs the villainís throat at the conclusion.

He is a man of the law. To be exact he is a recently qualified solicitor who is in his early twenties practicing in Exeter. He is a Protestant and possesses a clever strong, valiant face. He has a quiet frank business like manner. He has the virtues of discretion associated with his profession. However, after Draculaís attack on his wife, he is drained. He becomes haggard, his spirits are sapped and his once dark hair turns white as his energy is transferred to Dracula.

Harker is a projection of the author Bran Stoker. Like the author, he is at a comparative age. He is a provincial Protestant man of law. Both he and the author come through with the knowledge of Transylvania through the British museum. His sexual fantasies are undoubtedly an extension of Stokerís. One of his most enduring achievements is that he is one of the few fictional characters to have been imprisoned by the vampire and through his courage and guile he, escapes.

Mina Harker may not have been breathtakingly beautiful as Lucy but her strength of character and her immense will power stand out. She is totally in love with her husband and vice-versa. An absolute strong character, she is a delight to watch, as she valiantly struggles from the clutches of Count Dracula. She is an able foil and a great support for the frivolous Lucy. Her methodical entries in her journal and her letters piece all the happenings of Dracula.


She is resolute and determined. She knows she is unclean through the bite of the Dracula, yet she manages to get a pledge from the men that if necessary they will kill her. She still wants to go with the men to kill Dracula despite the fact that she is slowly sinking into the clutches of Dracula more and more. There is no coquettish slyness found in the other female vampires in Mina. She is still very brave and straight forward and a methodical thinker. She is the one who hits on the idea that since Dracula has become master of her mind by hypnotizing her, the men would know where Dracula would be.

The Harker couple stands out because of their unique understanding of each other. They love each other and have complete faith in each other.

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