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English Lit Coursework (Comapring Othello, Wuthering heights and Gatsby)

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Compare the ways in which the authors present contrasting worlds/ places and their thematic significance in Othello and two other texts. In all of the novels; 'Othello', 'Wuthering Heights' and 'The Great Gatsby', the authors, Shakespeare, Bronte and Fitzgerald, demonstrate how contrasting worlds disrupt equilibrium, especially the harmony or even possibility of relationships. The ultimate disruption within all of these texts is the barrier of class. In Wuthering Heights, Bronte compares the two houses; Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, to highlight the distance class creates between Heathcliff and Cathy, by embodying the characters and their values in the imagery of the houses. Wuthering Heights essentially is a deteriorating farm house. Bronte represents Heathcliff with this house, it's anaesthetically pleasing and neglected, described as 'a perfect misanthropist's heaven', giving reclusive and desolate connotations, reflecting the way Heathcliff becomes remote from society and isolated. On the other hand, Bronte describes Thrushcross Grange grandly, 'carpeted with crimson', 'crimson covered chairs and tables', this choice of colour gives rich connotations, of a 'splendid place', The choice of lexis 'splendid' giving an upper class tone . Nevertheless neither of Cathy or Heathcliff seems to prefer the luxurious Thrushcross Grange. Bronte does present Cathy to be superficial at times, but when Cathy tells Nelly about her dreams she explains that 'heaven did not seem to be my home' and that she 'woke up sobbing for joy' when she was flung 'into the middle ...read more.

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Shakespeare accomplishes a dramatic tone in the play Othello through the use of a variation of techniques, for example dramatic irony. Likewise Shakespeare uses contrasting worlds, for instance the contrast between Venice and Cyprus, Venice is portrayed to be a respected origin, it has a positive representation in the play, being the place in which Desdemona and Othello fell in love. Cypress on the other hand is surrounded in conflict, described as a 'war-like isle', a direct comparison to Venice; it is also the place where Othello and Desdemona's love suffers. The two countries are essential to Shakespeare's comparison between the worlds of war and love and how Othello struggles to find a balance between the two. 'The warlike moor' encounters the conflict between the roles of being an inexperienced loving husband and a hardened military soldier. He's used to of course an all male environment, a soldier's life style, uneducated in the domestic world of females. He can deal with the 'flinty and steel couch of war' yet is 'little bless'd with the soft phrase of peace. Shakespeare devises Othello's dialogue to show how he is more comfortable with language from the semantic field of war than pet nick names, calling Desdemona 'My fair Warrior'. Othello may be respected for his military efforts, after all this is all we see him praised for, no credit is given to the fact he is marrying Desdemona even their wedding celebration is shared with a military celebration. ...read more.

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Fitzgerald uses this land to echo the social decay from the upper classes, with their single care of being wealthy. George's life acts as a large contrast to someone like Tom's, his world is empty, this is emphasised by Fitzgerald's description of George's home lands, with the use of adjectives from the semantic field of dreariness such as 'desolate', 'bleak' and 'dismal'. We see the harsh realities of George's social class state in the way that Myrtle chooses to be with Tom, a married man, simply to have her desired world in reach. Bronte also uses this element of uncontrollable separation of two people. At the beginning of the novel Cathy and Heathcliff as children see each other as equals, in their element when running wild on the moors. However when Cathy enters the social world of the Linton's for the first time Cathy 'starts to value trivial aspects of a person such as appearance, demonstrated by her return to Wuthering Heights, 'If you wash your face and brush your hair, it will be all right'. Cathy becomes aware of the benefits of Edgar's wealth and despite realising her and Heathcliff's seems more eternal and passionate, likening him to 'rocks', 'lightning' and 'fire', Cathy is too wrapped up in her own world of status. In comparison to Gatsby and Wuthering Heights, Desdemona loves Othello because he is adventurous and isn't stuck in the world of the social upper class. Still, Othello receives discrimination for his background, as did Gatsby and Heathcliff. ...read more.

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