Im doing my A-level english lit coursework at the moment and have chosen my essay question as well as a rough idea on what i want to write about:
The question is 'Compare and contrast the ways in which Bret Easton Ellis in 'American Psycho' and R.L Stevenson in 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' explore the idea that identity cannot be easily defined.'
I want to focus on how mental illess and how it effects identity, inward mentalities conflict with outward appearences which influences identity and the need for an illusion of normalcy conflicts with genuinity in reference to identity.
But now im stuck, because I feel there are too many differentces in the way the two books are written, making them very difficult to compare. American psycho is all from Batemans point of view so you get a real inside view of the workings of his mind, but Utterson's descriptions of his interactions with Jekyll and Hyde are impersonal and have much less detail.
If anyone has any ideas or insight please help!?
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