English literature: comparison of Dracula and a picture of Dorian grey

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I’m going into year 13 and 20% of my English grade will be based on this independent course work and I want to compare Dracula and Dorian grey something relating to Victorian society/morality but I don’t know what exact themes I should focus on and I’m struggling on creating a question
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I’m going into year 13 and 20% of my English grade will be based on this independent course work and I want to compare Dracula and Dorian grey something relating to Victorian society/morality but I don’t know what exact themes I should focus on and I’m struggling on creating a question
Well you have a good starting point. Victorian society and morality is a huge theme in Dracula and Dorian Gray but you need to narrow it down as there is so much to talk about. More exact themes you can talk about is decadence and the fin de siecle movement that influenced Dorian Gray and Dracula. You can also talk about sexuality, the literary Gothic tradition that both novels follow, moral decay, aestheticism and the 'art for art's sake' ideas in Dorian Gray and compare how much of that Dracula agrees or disagrees with.
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Pretty sure my friend's comparing these so don't worry, it's a good choice!! Sounds like you already have a vague idea so I'd say read some articles to get yourself started. So like if you have access to JSTOR (if not, Google Scholar) just start specialising your searches-- so like, 'Dracula' + 'morality' for instance and if you find some articles that look interesting, this will give you a much deeper, more thorough idea of how you could write about that theme and like the major subthemes or whatever. Like, they'll have ideas specifically about how morality is conveyed through different characters, or how society is critiqued through genre conventions, or something, and you can pick one that works. Have a look to see if anyone has compared them before, too-- they probably have, so just read through that and they'll have loads of ideas.

I'm in the same position! Looking to compare the Buddha of Suburbia with the Importance of Being Earnest. Still don't know what theme bit of a nightmare.

Also are you using a quote for your question? As that's what our teacher's told us to do. I've just been googling Oscar Wilde quotes about identity and there's loads. He's got a quote for everything so that might help u think of a question
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