Melissa McCann 4/1/12:
While rereading Friday’s virtual class discussion, female sexuality and desire was obviously a topic that lead to a rather involved analysis of the female characters in the novel, particularly Lucy. In the beginning of the novel, I hadn’t really considered the presence of human women’s sensuality. Through our class discussion, I realized not only was such desire present, but that it would play a much larger role in the determining the fate of the characters. When Lucy wished she could be with three men, this yearning to have three partners much more represented the sexual urge of vampires, mainly the three weird sisters in Dracula’s castle, foreshadowing that her eventual transformation into a vampire will more appropriately align with her sexual desires. Taking a look at chapter ten, I was intrigued with the transfusion of blood from Arthur (Lucy’s fiancé) to Lucy and from Dr. Seward (the man in love with Lucy) to Lucy. Even before she actually becomes a vampire, Lucy is already requiring blood from humans, interestingly enough from men that she has had feelings for, in order to survive. Arthur and Dr. Seward currently volunteered their lives and their blood to save Lucy, but will they be so enthusiastic about it when she is no longer human? 

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