Comparison between the Great Gatsby and the Bell Jar
For this essay I am going to compare The Great Gatsby to The Bell Jar, looking at the narratorial voice, the use of imagery and the message the author is trying to convey within their work. The small extract of The Great Gatsby I will be comparing to the Bell Jar is chapter three; the party scene where the author describes what happens before the party begins and what happens during it. The extract of the Bell Jar I will be comparing to the Great Gatsby is chapter one which is the scene where we first get a glimpse into the world of the main character; Esther.
Within the Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald often uses elegant and beautiful imagery to paint a picture in the reader’s head of what he is describing. In the party scene Fitzgerald tries to keep a specific tone to the piece and prolong the sense that the party is constantly flowing by using words that create a feeling of movement such as ‘glide’ and ‘floating’. I think that the author does this not only to keep a sense of movement but also to relate to the character of Gatsby as the party seems to be elegant, posh and with a hint of drunkenness. Specifically in this extract Fitzgerald talks mainly about the surroundings more than the people within the scene, by doing this he has pointed out that the people are not of a necessary importance but what they represent is. One use of imagery within this piece that highlights this point to me is ‘the air is alive with chatter and laughter’. By giving the air traits belonging in the category of personification, it makes the surroundings of the scene more prominent as although they are filled with chatter and laughter from the people, it is the atmosphere of the night that Fitzgerald wants us to concentrate on.
When reading the Bell Jar it is clear that Sylvia Plath tries to keep an unnatural feeling to her writing. I think she does this because it shows the feelings of her main character much better and also shows how...