Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Great Gatsby : Comparative Study Hsc

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Fitzgerald both discern their exploration of the universal human concerns of love, hope and morality according to their own contextual influences. Notably one of the best known piece of American prose fiction, Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby, critiques the hedonistic lifestyle of the roaring twenties and the failure of the fruitless promises of the American Dream to highlight the illusion of love and hope. Fitzgerald ultimately develops a pessimistic point of view on the materialistic and superficial society presented in the 1920’s, which prevented the ideas of pure love. Elizabeth Barrett Browning however, through her sonnets from the Portuguese, challenges the established patriarchal values of her time by subverting our expectations through the manipulation of the Petrarchan sonnets. Elizabeth Browning presents an idealistic and an optimistic view towards love and hope through sonnets I, XIV and XLIII. Although composed in two different time frames, both texts have been influenced by personal contexts in their representation of love and hope. Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Fitzgerald’s texts both explore the necessity of love in order to accomplish in life, but are hopeful in achieving their respective love but are contrastingly represented. The sole foundations for Elizabeth’s sonnets arise from her ambivalent and evolving attitude towards the patriarchal values of her society and her father’s repressive restraint on love through his extreme conservatism. She however challenges and subverts the dominant patriarchal paradigms and tropes of her society as she searches for the solution to her descent into morbid conviction. This is achieved through the use of first person, conveying her personal philosophy of unrequited love as a liberating resolution to her woe. Sonnet I, from her collection “the sonnets from the Portuguese” highlights the

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