Compare and contrast Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Oscar Wilde`s The Picture of Dorian Gray.Compare and Contrast both books in any topics(character...

Compare and contrast Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Oscar Wilde`s The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Compare and Contrast both books in any topics(character developement, doppleganger, etc.) Just plan out the essay for me with a thesis. Don't need a full essay.

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The thesis needs to be arguable.. Not listing facts such as "In both books, concept of doppleganger exist". It should be more like "In both books, concepts of doppelgangers differ in blabla way but are similar in bla way"

 

I mean I guess you guys obviously know,, but I'm just writing down the assignment as it says on my worksheet so.. Thanks!

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To compare and contrast Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Oscar Wilde`s The Picture of Dorian Gray, you might want to select a single theme for comparison. One theme is to set both of these stories within the historical context of the emerging discipline of psychology. One of the major discoveries of psychologist was the notion that inside us all are unconscious desires that impel us to act in ways our conscious minds might consider wrong. Both Mr. Hyde and the portrait are examples of how novelists tried to make visible that inner self or id. Where the Romantics considered the inner untutored self innocent and naturally good and civilization corrupting, both Wilde and Stevenson seem to portray the natural human being as evil or at least thoughtlessly cruel, and civilization a necessary restraint upon our naturally evil impulses. It is important in this context to understand as well that Stevenson was a Calvinist and Wilde converted to Roman Catholicism, and thus the id becomes associated in them with original sin.

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