The Great Gatsby and Sonnets from the Portuguese

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Written in two distinct periods, the Victorian era and the post war period of the jazz age , Elizabeth Barret-browning’s sonnets Portuguese an F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby explore the values of freedom an security through individuals who subvert the established moralities of their respective times. These differing contexts of challenging the conventional roles of a women within a patriarchal society and the moral decline of the hedonistic 1920’sand the downfall of the American dream attempt to establish the conflicting ideologies present. Elizabeth Barret browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese explores the subversion of the conventional and idealised traditional courtly love present within the Victorian era. BB alludes to ancient Greek poet Theocritus in sonnet 1 “I though once how Theocritus had sung, of the sweet years, the dear and wished for years.” “The sweet sad years the melancholy years.” From here we see BB’s manifestation of desire to experience such feelings as authentic love. Her newfound love with Robert browning made her feel insecure, BB reversing the role of the conventional women in sonnet 14 she demanded Robert to love her for who she is as a person not by her physical appearance “if thou must love me let it be for nought, except for loves sake only “By doing so, BB gains a sense of security and freedom to love truly as she challenges the values of the Victoria era and its goal to be the ideal women. BB subverts the expected conventions of her homocentric society in Sonnet 32 as she sees love even physical love as based more on the souls intensity and the deep connection between one another “Neath master-hands , from instruments defaced , -- great souls at one stroke , may do and doat “ these closing lines contrast the attitudes of The Great Gatsby as BB expresses Robert and Herself as imperfect people and that they share an
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