"He looked like a figure of Thor as his untrembling arm rose and fell, driving deeper and deeper the mercy-bearing stake, whilst the blood from the pierced heart welled and spurted up around it"
Seductive Female Vampire, by André Koehne.
GNU Free Documentation LicenseSeductive Female Vampire, by André Koehne. - Credit: André Koehne/Wikimedia Commons

Thor was the Norse god of thunder who wielded a powerful hammer.


Students of Dracula may want to take note of the language used to describe Lucy’s death. This scene is often described as having heavy sexual undertones, in a novel where sex, lust, desire and male impotence in the face of Dracula’s supernatural power have all been read as important themes. (See bookmark for page 45, for the erotic language of Jonathan’s encounter with the vampire women in Dracula’s castle.) According to Elaine Showalter, the “sexual implications of this scene are embarrassingly clear.” Whether this is so or not, Arthur certainly does seem to react with extreme rage, revulsion and violence in the face of the “voluptuous mouth – which it made one shudder to see – the whole carnal and unspiritual appearance, seeming like a devilish mockery of Lucy’s sweet purity”.