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...