The audience learns that along with Dracula’s extreme anxiety and overprotective personality, a lot of his fear comes from the stress he endured from loosing his wife. He in-turn keeps his daughter from important life experiences, because of his own shortcomings. This is in no way fair to Mavis, who has only given her father reasons to trust her. However we see that death of a parent is not just difficult for the child, but also the spouse. While Dracula had many friends to turn to, he was often put into situations that would’ve been handled differently if Martha (his wife) were still alive. Obvious things like castlehold chores, or changing diapers may have been easier, but what really gets tough is deeper than that. His initial lie to keep his daughter safe snowballed into a web of lies that required a great deal of effort on his part to conceal, which affected his business, and also caused him to loose his daughter’s trust. He also (most likely) would’ve had an easier job speaking with Mavis about certain things like love. Dracula isn’t all to blame though, while the film centers around Mavis we can look at how Dracula’s entire life has now taken a backseat to raising his daughter. While he indeed made some mistakes, he always had the utmost intentions and never stopped caring. This is what makes a family sound and what keeps it going strong, not necessarily it’s size or structure. While some may be big, others small, broken, or complicated just about any group of caring people can make a family, a family.