Bram stoker is way ahead of his time. His mind is way more modern than the Victorian era. Bam stokers Dracula is a criticism of its time in many ways and in different themes including the portrayal of women, importance of status and money, and having control.
Dracula criticizes the portrayal of women in various ways. First example is when Mina finds Lucy in the churchyard after she had been sleep walking in the middle of the night wearing her nightgown. When Mina is taking her home she covers her feet in mud in case anyone should see her bare feet. Not only has this but Mina also said I was filled with anxiety about Lucy, not only for her health, lest she should suffer from the exposure, but for her reputation in case the story should get wind.(Stoker 114) this criticizes the way women are supposed to behave to be considered ladies and have a good reputation. Their freedom is very limited. Another way this is exposed is when Van Helsing meets with Mina to learn about Jonathan Harkers journal and tell her about Lucys death. Dr. Van Helsing says ah, then you have a good memory for facts, for details? It is not always so with young ladies.(Stoker 220) This clearly shows that in this time women arent considered intelligent or even that capable of having a good memory for intellectual things.
To marry into a good family is encouraged by most people. In Dracula the importance of status and money is criticized when Lucy chooses to marry Arthur out of the 3 proposals. One was a doctor, another American, and last Arthur with a high position in society and is wealthy gets chosen even if she didnt love him the most. In another case is how Dracula gains status and money t be able to accomplish all he has. Van Helsing explains with the child brain that was to him he have long since conceive the idea of coming to a great city. What does he do? He find out the place of all the world most of promises for him. Then he deliberately set himself down to prepare for the task. He find in patience just how is his strength, and what are his powers. He study new tongues, he learn new social life, new environment of old ways, the politic, the law, the finance, the science, the habit of a new land a new people who have come to be since he was.(Stoker 383)
Finally the way the theme of control is criticized is when Arthur, Quincy, Dr.Seward and Van Helsing go to the graveyard to kill Lucy for real and let her rest in peace from being a vampire. There is a moment when they come face to face with Lucy and with her seduction and hypnotizing she controls Arthur for a few seconds. She says with a languorous, voluptuous grace come to me Arthur. Leave these others and come to me. My arms are hungry for you. Come, and we can rest together, my husband, come!(Stoker 253). He seemed hypnotized and opened his arms towards her. Van Helsing quickly stopped it. This is a precise demonstration of wanting control. This is not only done by Lucy but it also occurs when Dracula has control over Lucy and Mina.
On the whole Dracula is clearly a criticism of its time. With many different examples and themes like the portrayal of women, the importance of money and status, and also of control. There will always be someone ahead of their time. Criticizing and changing the world for progress.