Comparing The Great Gatsby And Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet

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English draft- Lizzie Nichols
A comparative study of F.Scott’s Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning provides insights into the changing nature of relationships. How do these texts from different contexts provide insight into the changing nature of relationships?
Different values and beliefs of an era shape the development of relationships. from the Victorian era and the 1920’s provide us with insight into the changing nature of relationships. F.Scott’s Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, written in 1925 and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s ‘Sonnets from the Portuguese’ published in 1850 written in the form of Petrarchan Sonnets. Both authors address how values within a society can influence the nature of
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But, there, the silver answer rang, … ‘not death, but love’
The new birth image of spring establishes her interest in life. The love is making her complete and it reminds us that Barrett Browning is being sustained and made healthy through the love. It is clear she has rejected thoughts of death. “comes the fresh spring in all her green completed” spring is a symbol for new. Barret browning personifies spring to bring liveness to It.
In nineteen-twenties death was quite common too and peoples attitude towards death changed due to peoples losses in WW1. In The Great Gatsby death is final. When Gatsby’s dies no-one goes to his funeral. This illuminates that even though he had large parties with many people at them. His relationships were not genuine and no one truly cared.

In conclusion, through Barret Browning’s sonnets and Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby we gain insight into the changing nature of relationships. The authors demonstrate this by addressing important values within society and peoples attitude towards mortality. This further heightens our understanding of the values, significance, and context of each text and how they all play a role in the changing nature of

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