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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Maths
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With Close Reference to The Wasteland and the Great Gatsby Compare and Contrast how and why Eliot and Fitzgerald use their Chosen Genres to Explore Sexual and Emotional Relationships.

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Eliot uses literary references and allusions to relationships of the past to compare the modern day equivalent so in A Game of Chess Eliot uses Antony and Cleopatra to represent love in the past, as their passion changed the future of the Roman Empire. The language used is very descriptive and rich in detail , and has controlled structure. This serves as a sharp contrast to the conversation between a woman and her male companion which is fragmented, disjointed, lacking structure and distressed in tone#. This conversation could be interpreted as Vivienne and Eliot, as they had a strained marriage and throughout the course of it her mental health deteriorated. Eliot also used literary references and settings to juxtapose modern day situations. In the Fire Sermon, P.Ranjini argues that Edmund Spenser s idealised paradise and vision of human love is used as a backdrop for modern sexual relations. This may be as during Spenser s time, lovers made dignified love by the Thames and this is used to contrast modern day anonymous sex. The nymphs in Eliot s description are used to represent modern women #. Macrae also interprets the use of Spenser s joyful wedding poem as a contrast to modern, sordid sex as it sounds mocking and exposes present day relationships to the reader as lacking something that existed in the past but is now lost. Fitzgerald also uses the past but as flashbacks rather than fragments of the past. This more cinematic technique is illustrated in Chapter 4 when Jordan retells the idealised story of Daisy and Gatsby s relationship# and then her and Tom s marriage#. This shows a distinction between the current loveless, dishonest relationship, where Tom is having an affair and Daisy is involved with Gatsby because Daisy ought to have something in her life (Chapter 4). Both writers use references to the First World War and the time prior to that as both works were written during the 1920s post war era and were both part of a generation that had been violated and changed by war. ...read more.

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