The Great Gatsby Sonnets Analysis

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By cross-referencing interesting texts which examine similar issues but present them from different perspectives, they become more illuminating and meaningful. This particularly applies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s (EBB) Sonnets From the Portuguese and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (TGG) and their exploration of Love and Hope. This concurrent study enables greater insight and increased appreciation and reflection, particularly when the contexts of these texts are taken into consideration. By comparing and contrasting The Great Gatsby and Sonnets from the Portuguese and their contexts, we learn that intertextual perspectives on love and hope can lead to an increased knowledge of their complexities.


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Hope is presented through the form of imagery and symbolism throughout the text which is quickly introduced at the end of Chapter 1 where Nick Carraway catches Jay Gatsby staring out towards East Egg, just were Daisy and tom lived, “I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntary I glanced seaward - and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock”. (pg. 25). The Green Light in the novel represents Gatsby’s dreams and aspirations in hope of his future, in fact, it is Daisy, in which it is so close yet so far to achieve. The Green Light can also be related to the American Dream in particular where its colour symbolises wealth and money of the materialistic society of which Gatsby lives in. The American Dream’s purpose was to give individuals hope and a belief that all individuals can be successful regardless of what class they reside. Gatsby holds this ideal by believing that the only way his life could be achieved and filled with happiness is by wealth and materialism. Although Gatsby believes in what he was doing is the way to buy Daisy’s love, Nick Carraway takes note of the hopeless idealisation that Gatsby has made in Chapter 5 “There have been moments, when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams - not through her own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion.” (pg. 92). Nick is referring colossal as an illusion in relation to Gatsby and his efforts in throwing his old life away to create a new life and persona. The efforts in making himself more admirable towards Daisy has made him pathetic. Daisy has moved on with her marriage with Tom while Gatsby keeps his idea of courting Daisy almost like an obsession, never letting go and only changing to suit her
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