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help with a level english question about gothic

I have a timed essay this friday , the question is 'Gothic literature often challenges stereotypes rather than conforming to them.' Consider how far you agree with this statement by comparing Dracula to the bloody chamber.
I cant really think of anything to write other than about the stereotype of women being weak and helpless. Anyone have any pointers
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hey ive got an exam on the same books on thursday, so hope this helps :smile:. here are some points from what i can remember (youll probs need to go into more depth but this is how id answer it)...- -similarities between the gothic and fairytales - both teach morals, - dracula =societial fears of foreigners - bc (bloody chamber) reworks fairytales, modernises and feminises them... fairytales have stereotypical characters, e.g., knight in shining amour, damsel in distress. gothic all about shocking the readers, will do anything taboo. lucy= not the damsel in distress but... the new woman 'why cant a girl marry three men at once' . vampirism - shows her desires, sexuality -dracula = not villian but liberating women, allows them freedom - the men (harker, seward etc) - control lucy and mina, not heroes- have thier own agendas - e.g., blood transfusions for lucy can be seen as rape like, they dont want to tell arthur. sewards desire to be with her. use her vampirism as an excuse to violate and kill her, doing just what drac has done but say its for the Britain - bc = women not being damsels in distress, being heroines (in wolf stories)and bloody chamber - mother rescues daughter and kills the marquis not a man - ends cycle of woman's oppression - no real villians in bc - company of wolves - she has an active part - gender roles differerent - snow child - wife kills the girl - supernatural is a stereotype - expected to be monstrous - but vampiric women alluring to harker - see when they attack him. - usually good guys always win - not in gothic - quincey dies, snow child . - the werewolf - the old woman was a werewolf - she was killed - not as powerful and violent as expected, the girl 'heroine' was more good luck w your exam , F
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Original post by F1EUR
hey ive got an exam on the same books on thursday, so hope this helps :smile:. here are some points from what i can remember (youll probs need to go into more depth but this is how id answer it)...- -similarities between the gothic and fairytales - both teach morals, - dracula =societial fears of foreigners - bc (bloody chamber) reworks fairytales, modernises and feminises them... fairytales have stereotypical characters, e.g., knight in shining amour, damsel in distress. gothic all about shocking the readers, will do anything taboo. lucy= not the damsel in distress but... the new woman 'why cant a girl marry three men at once' . vampirism - shows her desires, sexuality -dracula = not villian but liberating women, allows them freedom - the men (harker, seward etc) - control lucy and mina, not heroes- have thier own agendas - e.g., blood transfusions for lucy can be seen as rape like, they dont want to tell arthur. sewards desire to be with her. use her vampirism as an excuse to violate and kill her, doing just what drac has done but say its for the Britain - bc = women not being damsels in distress, being heroines (in wolf stories)and bloody chamber - mother rescues daughter and kills the marquis not a man - ends cycle of woman's oppression - no real villians in bc - company of wolves - she has an active part - gender roles differerent - snow child - wife kills the girl - supernatural is a stereotype - expected to be monstrous - but vampiric women alluring to harker - see when they attack him. - usually good guys always win - not in gothic - quincey dies, snow child . - the werewolf - the old woman was a werewolf - she was killed - not as powerful and violent as expected, the girl 'heroine' was more good luck w your exam , F

thank youu and good luck with your exam

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