Is there any doubt in the reader's mind that Dracula will be defeated in Dracula?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In my mind, there seems little doubt that Count Dracula will be defeated.  The manner in which the battle is depicted with Dracula being on the side of insanity and evil, while the empiricists of Harker, Van Helsing, and Holmwood, for example, are against him almost set them up for victory.  Dracula is depicted as a malevolent force that seeks to appropriate the world in accordance to his own subjectivity.  In seeking to create an army of "undead" to overtake society, it is designed so that Dracula could not win and should not win.  In this light, the depiction of Dracula is rather one- dimensional, incapable of generating much in way of sympathy.  In this reading, one understands that the battle will be a challenge, but one where Dracula will eventually be defeated.