When comparing two texts, one must look at the characters and themes to find similarities and differences and we see a similarity with the theme of accepting reality in The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet and The Great Gatsby. There are differences in both texts with the way the characters fight reality but the outcome is the same. The power of love in both texts is looked at as more important than social priorities and the main characters will do anything to get what they want and it results in death. One might come to conclusions to say that F. Scott Fitzgerald based the relationship of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan to Romeo and Juliet seeing that both stories have characters who do not accept the reality and in their minds, love overpowers everything.
When looking at these two texts side to side, one would notice many similarities in the actions of the main characters. In the classic romantic tale of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the main characters, Romeo and Juliet are deeply in love with each other, but from the beginning of the play we know that they would never be able to be together because of family disputes. When reading the prologue, it says “Two households, both alike in dignity, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean” (Shakespeare Prologue.1-4). Before the play even starts, we know how much these families hate each other and that blood is involved with a bad ending for all. Romeo comes from the Montague’s, and Juliet comes from the Capulet’s. These two families were in war with each other from the beginning of the story and these family disputes play a huge role in the death of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo has a passion for l...
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...dle their love lives, they are very similar characters and you might say that the story of Jay Gatsby resembles the life of Romeo.
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Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Planet EBook. Planet EBook. Web. 21 Nov. 2014.
Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Folger Digital Texts. Folger Shakespeare Library. Web. 21 Nov. 2014.
It would be interesting if you explored what makes these characters not accept reality. Is it just that they are “in love”? What about societal expectations and views on romantic relations? What different ideas about love do characters have, and how does that impact the way they behave? What role does violence play into that?
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