Ebb And Great Gatsby Advanced English Essay

830 words - 4 pages

An exploration of intertextual perspectives reveals the relationship between context and key values.

Discuss this view with the extracts and your pair of prescribed texts.

Perspectives of writers often shape the novels and poems that are written. Writers capture the world

around them; conveying their context in a literary form. Scott Fitzgerald showed hi key values through

the context of the ‘Roaring Twenties’, within his novel ‘The Great Gatsby.’ Fitzgerald was born in 1896

and went to Princeton University in 1913. By the time Fitzgerald died, he had published a total of four

novels with his last published a year after he died. Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born in 1806 and was

the eldest of twelve children. EBB never enjoyed good health and was invalid for much of her life. She

devoted herself to academic and literary studies from an early age. Barrett Browning met her husband

Robert Browning when she was almost forty and he was six years younger than her and in vigorous good

health. Both writers also explore the ideas of hope and happiness. These two writers both challenged

their contexts and their writings provided insight into how the world around them was perceived.

First of all, Fitzgerald conveyed idea of the power of wealth. Wealth has the power to add beauty and

grace to life, as seen in the lives of Tom and Daisy, and by Daisy’s voice. Nick speaks of Daisy’s “low,

thrilling voice” early in the book, but it is Gatsby who identifies what us thrilling about Daisy’s voice:

‘“She’s got an indiscreet voice,” I remarked “it’s full of-” I hesitated “her voice is full of money” he said

suddenly’ as Daisy is one of the more financially well off characters in the novel, she is able to

manipulate others, greatly including Gatsby, to get what she wants. Daisy was also greatly in love with

Gatsby when she and Tom were first together. However, “next day at five o’clock she married Tom

Buchanan without so much as a shiver” showing how much power money has over individuals in the

time this novel was released.

To continue, EBB’s were written in the mid-19th century, which was vastly different from the 1920s. It

was an era when romantic love was idealised in literature. When EBB’s ‘Sonnets from the Portuguese’

was published, it was very well received and admired for the intensity of love shown in the sonnets. In

sonnet I, positive connotations such as ‘sweet,’ ‘dear,’ ‘wished for,’ ‘gracious,’ and ‘gift,’ were used to

describe EBB’s emotions for Robert...

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