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Comparison Of Contexts Between the Great Gatsby and Elizabeth Barrett Browning Sonnets

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald written in the Jazz age and Sonnet from a Portuguese written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning composed in the wake of Romanticism, although the two texts were composed in two distinct time period both texts are influenced by their varying contexts in their portrayal of the enduring human concerns. Both authors use authors explore the universal human concerns of love, hope and mortality through the use of various language features such as metaphors, use of irony and the subversion of the established values of their time. Elizabeth Barrett Browning employs the Petrarchan form and male linguistics to challenge the tradition of courtly love whereas Fitzgerald critiques the hedonistic lifestyle, and the fall of the American dream to illustrate the illusion of love and hope. Elizabeth Barrett browning challenges the courtly love tradition and the expectations of womanhood in her sonnet sequence through subversion of contemporary values and its depiction. Elizabeth Barrett browning challenges and subverts the courtly love tradition by employing a strong female voice and the use of the Petrachan sonnet form, with at the time was dominated my males. ...read more.

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the descriptions are phrased according to the traditional Petrachan sentiments focusing oh her voice as a ?husky, rhythmic whisper? and blossoming ?like a flower?. A mesmerising quality of Gatsby that he ?has one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it that you may come across four or five times in life? attracts nick to Gatsby upon their first meeting. This surface characteristic is a quality which is backed up by Gatsby?s more solid qualities of hope and romantic readiness ?if personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life?- it was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I never found in any person and which it is not likely I will find ever again? Gatsby?s infatuation of Daisy as the ultimate commodity is seen as his goal from which he tries to draw closer to, in order to do so ?Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay? symbolising the need for him to be close to her. ...read more.

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This hope is symbolised by the green light situated at the end of the wharf in front of Daisy?s house at East Egg. This light reminds Gatsby that he is close to having his dream come true, the dream he so desperately longs for ?...he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way...I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward ? and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away?, even though he doesn?t have Daisy yet, this green light provides reassurance and hope that he is close to having her in the future. This ?extraordinary gift of hope? came from Gatsby?s faith in idealised love, which challenges the corrupted and subverts the values of the Jazz age. Written in two distinct eras, Sonnets from a Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and The Great Gatsby By f. Scott Fitzgerald explore the Universal enduring concerns love, hope and mortality through the literary techniques and the subversion of the contemporary values of their time. The attitudes and paradigms influence and shape the text and how the individuals subvert these established values. ...read more.

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