For my coursework I'm writing a comparative essay on 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' and 'The Great Gatsby' about desire/obsession. However, I am not sure what angle to take.
So far I have:
To what extent are the protagonists monomaniacs? (I feel this is too extreme and unfocused)
Is desire/obsession the harmartia of these characters? (focused but still think I could do better)
How is desire/obsession presented in the novels? (too broad to cover in 2000 words)
I need a focused title that would be easy enoigh for me to tackle in 2000 words whilst being interesting and about desire/obsession because that's what all of my notes are on... any suggestions will be greatly appreciated
English Literature B - Comparative Coursework title help Watch
- Thread Starter
- 17-02-2016 18:29
- 18-02-2016 02:48
To what extent are the protagonists victims of their own desires and obsessions?
I did The Great Gatsby for my AS exam last year and havent read Dorian Grey although i am familiar with the storyline. I think this question is a lot more focused and has the evaluative element in which the mark scheme likes to see as well as context of the two novels being from different time periods where different values were prominent. I hope this helps if not at least i tried! Good luck!
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- 18-02-2016 02:56
Ugh I did Dorian Gray for AS and I am currently doing Great Gatsby for A2.
The desires question is VERY good, though the concept of desire (obsession with aestheticism, art etc. in Dorian Gray and disillusionment about Daisy, obsession to become a self-made man and fit into the exclusive nature of society in TGG) is different in both novels