April 23, 2012
As kids we want to grow up fast and explore the world all at one time. In the beginning, everyone does not realize how life is, and expects life to be nice and easy. In the two pieces of literature by H.D and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Helen and The great Gatsby share similarities and differences between Symbolism, Tone, Imagery, Modernism, and the Universal Theme. Impermanence is used to express the idea of “Life isn’t always what you expect it to be.”
These two authors have similar styles of writing. Like for both stories, symbolism takes part in the story, but presented in different ways. “God’s Daughter born of love,” (H.D. and Littell 914 line 13). Helen symbolizes love, which all Greece hates. As for The Great Gatsby, symbolism is exposed in “the valley of ashes,” this place is no hope, no future, and where everything is covered in grey dust, even the people. “This is the valley of ashes, a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens, where ashes take the form of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air,” (F. Scott Fitzgerald 23). This would be a place where you wouldn’t want to be. Both stories may have symbolism, but they don’t represent the same way. In Helen the symbolism is love, and as for The Great Gatsby, symbolism is the ashes in the valley.
Although Helen and The Great Gatsby are both interesting stories to read they are very different to each other in tone. Tone has also been exposed in both stories, for example in Helen. “All Greece hates,” and “All Greece reviles,” (H.D and Littell 914 lines 1 and 6). These quotes set the tone for the entire poem and ensure the descriptions of Helen’s beauty in the ensuing lines evoke pity rather than desire or admiration. In The Great Gatsby there is tone that is exposed in a different way. “ I love to see you...