The Great Gatsby and E. Browning Sonnets

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‘The Great Gatsby’ was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in, and set, in America during the 1920’s. Like all literature, this novel reflects the time period in which it was written; that is, the American Dream and its decline, social classes and the difference between them, along with World War I. The Elizabeth Browning Sonnets were written during the Romantic era. This was a period of great change and emancipation, which is unmistakably evident in E. Browning’s sonnets. Both Fitzgerald and E. Browning use a multitude of techniques throughout their texts. These techniques have an effect, whether similar or different, on the reader. The American Dream has no strict definition, however in the twentieth century and in many ways still today, it has become the term which describes an inherent faith in the promise of the new world. It was an age of capitalism and materialism. In the post war period America became an incredibly affluent country, which rapidly industrialized and developed the quality of life. The American dream, through the eyes of Fitzgerald, was originally about discovery, individualism, and the pursuit of happiness. Yet the 1920’s are depicted in the novel, as a time of decayed social and moral values, corrupting this dream, evident in its overreaching cynicism, greed, and empty pursuit of pleasure. This is epitomized in the lavish parties that Gatsby throws every Saturday night. As the unrestrained desire for money and pleasure surpass more noble goals the American Dream reaches its ultimate corruption. In America during the 1920’s, anyone from any social background could potentially make a fortune. However the American aristocracy, that is the families of old wealth, scorned the newly rich. The novel represent... ... middle of paper ... ...e to the depths and breadth and height.” It is not physically possible to love someone in such a way. However, by describing her love for R. Browning like this she is positioning the reader to realize the intensity of their relationship. In closing, both ‘The Great Gatsby’ and the E. Browning sonnets are reflective of the time period in which they were written. ‘The Great Gatsby’ portrays the American Dream and its decline, social classes and the difference between them, as well as World War I. The Elizabeth Browning Sonnets were written during the Romantic era. This was a period of great change and emancipation, which is unmistakably evident in E. Browning’s sonnets. Both Fitzgerald and E. Browning use a multitude of techniques throughout their texts. These techniques have an effect, whether similar or different, on the reader. Works Cited sparknotes.com

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