The Setting in Literature Book Review by Quality Writers

The Setting in Literature
This paper examines the importance of the setting in Henry James' "Daisy Miller" and F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby".
# 102967 | 1,230 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Apr 07, 2008 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Literature (Comparative Literature)

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This paper argues that, in Henry James' "Daisy Miller" and F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby", the settings are significant to the depiction of the characters and of the main themes. The author points out that the general setting of "Daisy Miller" in Europe is important to the development of the main theme and to the designation of certain characters. The paper relates that the clash between the European and American culture is presented in the relationship between Daisy and Winterbourne. The author states that the settings of "The Great Gatsby" in eastern U.S.A., mostly in New York in the 1920s, are important to the theme of the connection between wealth, corruption and moral decay. The paper notes that the characters belong exclusively to a particular setting: Gatsby to the West Egg, Daisy to the East Egg, Myrtle to the Valley of Ashes and Nick to the Midwest.

From the Paper:

"The protagonist and the main character of the second story is Gatsby, a poor man who has made a fortune in illegal activities all in order to impress and win the love of a woman named Daisy. Unlike the Henry James's Daisy, Fitzgerald's Daisy is far from innocent. She is manipulative, careless and rather shallow. She marries a rich man and later has an affair with Gatsby out of boredom and for some fun. His death is tragic, but perhaps a more tragic is the fact that he is so obsessed with Daisy that he never realizes that she was simply not worth his affections. Daisy, Gatsby, Daisy's husband, and all their friends lead extravagant and carefree lives of the rich people in the East, lives which are very different from Nick's Midwest."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • James, Henry Daisy Miller. Waterville: Thorndike Press, 2002.
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott, The Great Gatsby. San Francisco: Arion Press, 1984

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