Gothic or American Literature at A level

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    Gothic: The Bloody Chamber and Dracula
    American: The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath
    (For OCR)
    Which is more enjoyable?

    (Original post by PinkandBlue00)
    Gothic: The Bloody Chamber and Dracula
    American: The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath
    (For OCR)
    Which is more enjoyable?
    It really depends on what you like. Dracula is an all time favourite novel of mine and I've hated Gatsby ever since I first read it just before the film came out. However, I liked Steinbeck's The Winter of Our Discontent and it was amazing and Wrath is supposed to be one of his best works.

    Gothic is all to do with the supernatural the anarchy that is religion. It also deals with science and the clash between that and a society that is in technological advances. It deals with monsters, ghosts and demons which represent Victorian's fear of change and progress. If you like that kind of stuff then go for it.

    American Literature is a lot to do with nationalism and a large base community in terms of what it means to be an American. It deals with the loss of identity, political and social struggle of class. It also deals with inequality and the economical decline of America. Because your books are in 20th Century, it deals with a lot more realist themes and tackles this head on.

    I do think Gothic takes a lot more effort out of you because it can be a bit more dense, especially Dracula. But that and Wrath are HUGE books so be prepared for the hard work. Chamber is hard in terms of its structure and Gatsby is hard in terms of its narratology and form.

    But, if ever I'm stuck between which books to read next, I simply read the first chapter of the few and see which one I will most likely get into.

    you can really get your teeth into Dracula.
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