The Great Gatsby and E. Browning Sonnets Essay

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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
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Along with this the Prohibition act, which banned the sale of alcohol, created a thriving underworld, designed to satisfy the massive demand for bootleg liquor among the rich and poor alike. The result of which is represented in Meyer Wolfish and Gatsby’s fortune.
As ‘The Great Gatsby’ is set in the 1920’s, the topic of the Great War (WWI) is unavoidable. After the chaos and shock that was the Great War, America was left in a state of shock, and the generation that fought this war turned to wild and extravagant living to compensate. This is closely linked with the decline of the American Dream, and Gatsby’s opulent parties are a clear example of both. The war also provided Gatsby with further opportunities to see the world, and make some money in the service of a millionaire. However, upon returning to America he is unable to convince anyone that he is truly upper-class, and so finds himself unable to break into East Egg society.

The principle cause of the Romantic Movement was the realisation that had spread across the world in the wake of the American and French Revolutions. The realisation of man’s individuality, followed by a need to express what was within himself in reaction to what he now saw of the world. ‘Discover yourself – express yourself, cried the Romantic artist. Play your own music, write your own drama, paint your own personal vision, live, love and suffer

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