An Analysis Of Elizabeth Barrett Browning 's Sonnets Of The Portuguese And F. Scott Fitzgerald 's Pros Fiction
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All literary genres are dealing with the particular context and construction to reflect on values, attitudes in human societies of various eras. The comparative study of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “Sonnets of the Portuguese” and Scott Fitzgerald’s Pros fiction “The Great Gatsby” allow for a thorough evaluation of the relationship between the texts contexts and values. Both composers craft arguments on the nature of and value of life itself within the framework of love and spirituality. Browning, however writes from the perspective of a woman challenging values of the conventions of the Victorian era. Whilst, Fitzgerald construct’s his text as an accusation on the emerging hedonistic and capitalist creed of 1920’s America – the Jazz Age. Each writer’s context will influence our understanding of the discourse and will see the meaning and significance of each text, at the same time showing the connections that are achieved.
Both Gatsby and the sonnets address mortality in all its seriousness and complexity by formulating arguments on human mortality and the values each character carries within the context of mortality. The Great Gatsby presents most of the characters using immoral and corrupt means to achieve their American dream. The extent to which some characters, such as Gatsby and Myrtle go to achieve this dream, results in both their physical and symbolical death. Contextually, 'The Great Gatsby ' takes place in a time of prohibition and social challenges of values.