Comparing F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jane AustenUndisputedly, F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the world’s great writers, with a unique style of writing recognisable to any learned reader. His use of similes and metaphors is distinguished, and the issues he presents to the reader and the way in which he conveys them are both effective and thought provoking. Fitzgerald makes many profound statements in his work, and his comments on society and values are subtle, yet unmistakable. Jane Austen too makes comments on society, however they are of different time periods and therefore have ideas distinct from each other. Undoubtedly Austen is a source of high culture also; on account of her characterisation, strong sense of satire, and contrast of ideals, Austen has certainly contributed to the society’s remembrance of past worlds and elapsed social values.
One of the contributing factors to Fitzgerald’s writing was the era in which his plots, and indeed his own life, were set. His first novel, ‘This Side Of Paradise’, was published in 1920, a time when the younger generations, who had fought in the first world war, turned to wild and extravagant living to overcome the shock of death. After this novel, Fitzgerald became a celebrity, and fell into a wild, reckless lifestyle of parties and decadence. Many of the events from this early stage of his life appear in “The Great Gatsby’, which was published in 1925. It is the issues presented in this novel that illustrate the main context of his work- adultery, depression, social facades, death, crime, self-deception, infatuation, and of course, the American Dream.
Austen’s works were written in a completely different timeframe where social attitudes towards women, ma…
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Austen illustrates the trivial yet proud nature of this man by his choice of language- his loquacious, garrulous style ultimately makes the reader lose any respect they may have had for him in previous chapters, and his words do not serve to make him a believable, genuine character- the repeated use of personal pronouns such as ‘I’ and ‘my’ also futher this conclusion.
Although these methods are contrasting, both are effectual, and indeed this can be said about both authors, whose different techniques and approaches to their work are each effective and certainly contributing influences on today’s literature.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1975.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Macmillan, 1992.