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drrb | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted April 16, 2010 at 3:17 AM via web

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Can The Great Gatsby of F.Scott Fitzgerald and Dickens' Great Expectations be compared?

 

The two books The Great Gatsby of F.Scott Fitzgerald and Dickens' Great Expectations can be compared and contrasted.There are various reasons for these comparisons. Both the writers followed an ironical freamework of their stories dealing with the Cinderalla romance. Both of them were personally illusioned. Give the points of their contrast as well as their similarities.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 24, 2010 at 10:29 AM (Answer #1)

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In my mind, the most interesting contrast is in the way that the more optimistic ending of Great Expectations contrasts with the ending of The Great Gatsby.  So much of the build up in downtrodden guy makes it big to get the girl stories leads up to this climax, and in Gatsby everything is falling apart.  It becomes clear that Daisy is using everyone in sight and can't be honest, even with herself.  But as Pip gets to know Estella better, she becomes in many ways more and more of a proper object of his affection and efforts, in many ways the opposite of Daisy who starts as a somewhat admirable character but very quickly becomes worthy of contempt.  The way that these two objects of affection diverge at the climax of the two novels is particularly intriguing in my mind.

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