Dracula

by: Bram Stoker

What Does the Ending Mean?

Summary What Does the Ending Mean?

The novel ends with a final battle in which the men seize Count Dracula’s coffin. Harker cuts Dracula’s head off while Morris stabs him in the heart. Dracula’s body crumbles into dust, signaling that he is finally defeated, and that Mina is no longer in danger. Morris dies of his wounds, and when Mina and Harker later have a son, they name him after their fallen comrade. Dracula’s ending resolves the major conflict of the plot by showing good triumphing over evil, and eliminating the threat Dracula has posed. The ending shows that a collective effort was necessary to defeat Dracula, and also that sacrifice was required. Morris gives up his life, but he is happy to do so. The idea of sacrifice is used to highlight Christian themes, with the men exclaiming “Amen” when they see the miracle of the mark disappearing from Mina’s forehead. Morris becomes a Christ-figure who gives up his life to save the souls of others.