how to compare Dracula and A Picture of Dorian Gray within the theme of the gothicWatch
- Study Helper
First of all, look at the sort of characteristics you have in Gothic texts. Here are five things:
1. Isolated setting (Dracula's castle vs. Dorian's estate/mansion). All these settings come together to emphasize the necessity of evil
2. Supernatural entities (Vampire (Dracula) vs ghost/spirit (Dorian's painting)). Could relate this to Victorian values and superstitions.
3. The Gothic "double" (Van Helsing and Dracula [clash between rational and the irrational] and Dorian and the Painting [the division between body and soul]). Maybe focus on internal and external realities of both novels.
4. The confrontation of religion (Dracula [Catholicism] is the figurative Ant-Christ who promises eternal life through the indigestion of human blood, symbolisng the blood of Christ. Then, Dorian Gray [aestheticism of Catholicism through his description of the Priest's robes and of the Church]. You can look at how Henry serves to be a figurative for religion and the corruption religion can do (Henry gives Dorian a philosophical book and corrupts Dorian). Could also tie this in with science(knowledge)/religion,
5. Eroticism (Dracula and Lucy/Mina) and then homoeroticism with Basil and Dorian.
Now, if these are any of your interest, pick one or two and then get to work!
I love these two novels, they're amazing!