F.Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" Comparison and Contrasted with Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice

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The reading of other texts contributes to creating meaning for other texts. An example of this is Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, this novel is more easily understood when it is compared and contrasted to other literature works, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. The aspects of the two novels that can be compared and contrasted are the plot development, characterisation, setting, narrative point of view, writer's context and themes and issues.

The plot of Pride and Prejudice is about a lower upper class woman in the 18th century who is trying to get all of her daughters married to wealthy men. Jane, Mrs Bennet's oldest daughter falls in love with the handsome and wealthy Bingley. But Bingley's sister and best friend
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The times affect how the characters act and how they respond to certain situations because of the traditions and manners that were expected from them. The novel is set in rural England in an upper class society.The setting only shows how the upper class people live and never looks at any of the other aspects of that time. In contrast The Great Gatsby is very symbolic with its settings. The novel is set in the Jazz age of the 1920's in New York. Each of the classes within New York, live in a distinct setting to symbolise their status within society. For example Tom and Daisy live in East Egg which symbolises traditional inherited wealth. Their house is described to be a very elaborate "Georgian Colonial Mansion" with a very expensive "sunken Italian garden, half an acre of deep, pungent roses and a snub nosed motor boat that bumped the tide off shore". West Egg represents the upper / middle class people, who have a wealth that is created and not inherited. The Valley of the Ashes symbolises the lower working class people, which is where Myrtle and George live. Their surroundings are described to be a solum dumping ground" the "interior was unprosperous and bare; the only car visible was the dust covered wreck of a ford". The setting is reaved as the narrator describes it, either from a first person point of view or a third person point of view.

The narrative point of view in Pride and Prejudice is an omniscient third person point of view, the events

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