Gatsby and Barret Browning

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and selected love sonnets by Elizabeth Barrett Browning explore texts which involve versions in varying frameworks through the experience of idealised love, hope and mortality. The interpretations of Barrett Browning and Fitzgerald explore many differences throughout both texts with the use of symbolism, imagery, and irony to emphasise difference time makes upon values and ideals. The Great Gatsby set during the Jazz age is a representation of the failure and tragedy of the American Dream as well as the fragmented world where love struggles to survive. Contrasted to Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s love sonnets set in the beginning of the era of dreamers, making the sonnets typically Victorian with their tone of gloom and sorrow as well as their feeling of the force and intensity of their lust as the love grows and develops. Idealised love in The Great Gatsby is overbearing and critical. Through the narration of Nick Caraway we are exposed to a post WWI new world which is faithless, loveless and careless, consequently making idealised love difficult to survive. Gatsby’s infatuation of Daisy as the ultimate ideal is seen as his goal from which he tries to accomplish from the beginning. The type of love that is shown from Gatsby to Daisy is the fixated but wholesome love which becomes something too special to survive in a world that lacks honourable purpose. Gatsby bases his love on the relationship he had with Daisy years before. It was Gatsby who was “breathless” and saw her gleaming like “silver, safe and proud above the hot struggles of the poor”. The imagery that Gatsby uses to describe Daisy shows how in love he was with her even though he knew that he wasn’t rich and that it was obvious that she came from a wealthy background. In order to be closer to Daisy, Gatsby buys a mansion across from Daisy showing his need to be as close to her as possible. The parties he arranges at his house which are illuminated with lights...
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