How Does a Comparative Study of the Great Gatsby and the Sonnets from the Portuguese Bring to the Fore Ideas About the Unchanging Nature of Social Values? in Your Answer Refer to the Language Forms and Features of Both Texts.

Values held by society are forever changing, with a huge change seen from the Victorian era to the 1920’s, although, not every value seen in society changes. These juxtaposing ideas are demonstrated in the comparison of the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Views and values about women in society changed a great deal as the time went on; comparatively the way love is valued has same.
Love is a common theme in both The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The authors have differing contexts but still manage to write about love in the same way, showing the unchanging nature of some social values. Barrett Browning and F. Scott Fitzgerald both write about love as a need in life, not a want and that no matter what the love is a consequence of, it can grown strong. Barrett Browning is first sceptical of the love she feels due to her sickness, but in sonnet twenty eight she writes “the papers light, said, Dear I love thee! – and I sank and quailed”, as she give into the love. She contrasted the lightness of the paper, representing her lover’s feelings, against her own weighty emotions, showing her physical weakness to the love, which has completely overwhelmed her.  
Similarly in ‘The Great Gatsby’, love is portrayed in a similar way despite F. Scott Fitzgerald being an author for a different era. Fitzgerald writes of love being a necessity for a relationship to work. Daisy Buchanan “only married you {Tom} because I {Gatsby} was poor”, this shows Daisy values love so much that even though Gatsby was poor she chased new love, marrying Tom for his money and for a life of luxury. Fitzgerald uses this to show that love is needed for a relationship to work, even if it is a love of money, ease, and material luxury rather than a love for a person, her relationship with Gatsby as he could not offer these. Therefore love is valued as a...