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English IOP

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The first one was The Great Gatsby
by Fitzgerald. The second one was Onegin by Pushkin Onegin Quotes
p23,37, 48,49, 57, 58, 65, 69, 72, 78, 80, 99, 176, 178, 180, 183

Gatsby- p97, 99, 66, 110,111 The Great Gatsby Onegin Tatiana lives a monotonous and lonesome life therefore it is not surprising that she finds pleasure in literature and uses her books as a momentary flight from her mundane everyday life. Since his childhood, James Gatz dreams of living the good life among the highest class of society, this is most obvious when he dreams of working for Cody in his Yacht. The yacht is a symbol of material wealth and power that James relishes. “James Gatz — that was really, or at least legally, his name. He had changed it at the age of seventeen and at the specific moment that witnessed the beginning of his career — when he saw Dan Cody’s yacht drop anchor over the most insidious flat on Lake Superior” (98). "Found early on of reading novels,/For which all else she would forgo,/She grew enamored of the marvels,/Of Richardson and of Rousseau" (29.48.1-4). I was reading two great books in English class If Gatsby could be with Daisy in his imaginative ideal, then so could Gatz. Therefore, James did everything he could to obtain Daisy’s love. for onegin stanza at the end of an onegin line out a /
to quote it- - "..."(chapter.page.line) Why can't you just be happy? They are both unsatisfied with their lives and because of that they create an ideal life- for Tatiana this utopia is found in her books, while Gatz invents the charismatic Gastby. Escape from reality Gatsby Daisy-rable Love The fictional character of Jay Gastby sprang directly out of Gatz’s imagination; his sole goal in life was then to pursue his dream of becoming the rich and powerful Jay Gastby. Gatsby lives a double fantasy that is extremely contradictory. On one side, he lives in this apparent bubble of wealth and luxury but ironically, he wants to live in the past where money didn’t matter, Daisy and him could be together. This contradiction eventually leads to his demise as he sacrifices himself by taking the blame for Myrtle’s death. When Gatsby meets Daisy, he falls in love with her. He finds her appealing, but more importantly, she represents a class where wealth and power are ubiquitous. She is the type of woman a man of Gatsby’s stature is expected to conquer. Of course, at this time Gatsby is just a name and Gatz doesn’t have the power or wealth to back up his character. Therefore the impossibility of their relationship only strengthens Gatz’s goal of becoming the ideal Gatsby. Interestingly, by kissing her, James Gatz completes his transition into the fictional character of Jay Gatsby and devotes himself to becoming Gatsby and everything he symbolizes. “At his lips’ touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete”(111). Gatsby dreams so much of Daisy that once they meet, she just can't fulfill his expectations. The reality of Daisy tarnishes the dream. This just emphasizes how much has been made up by Gatsby and that his reality is not real anymore. He truly lives in a world of dreams fantasies. Tatyana Conclusion "There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams – not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion"(93). "So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end” (98). Gatsby’s lifestyle is purely based on appearances. His ostentatious house is mostly empty and is solely used to attract Daisy’s attention. His car is flamboyant and yet useless, his parties are organized only in the hope that Daisy presents herself. "he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes"(91). Everything about Gatsby including his very name is artificial and is simply for make-believe. This emphasizes his alienation from this strange new world he lives in and he stays a foreigner to the elite despite his obvious material wealth. This can be seen when he feels unable to speak at the Buchanan's house due to the wealth difference. Even though Gatsby is just at wealthy, himself nor his money are legitimate and therefore he cannot truly enter Daisy's world. "I can’t say anything in his house, old sport.""She’s got an indiscreet voice," I remarked. "It’s full of –" I hesitated."Her voice is full of money," he said suddenly. (120) “Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!” (110). Of course, another one of Gatsby's fantasies is that he can still be with Daisy five years later.It is no coincidence that Gatsby dies shortly after the realization that his dream his dead. Daisy to him was past, present, and future – without the hope of her love, Gatsby no longer has a future. It is beyond the logic of the book to allow him to live. "If that was true he must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream" (161) Once Gatz becomes wealthy, his love for Daisy fuels his original goal of becoming Gastby. If his ideal Gatsby could be with Daisy, so could he. Therefore he does everything he can to be with her even when it is clearly impossible, Gatz's struggle to become one with Gatsby is further emphasized by his longing for Daisy's love. Tatyana's Great Escape “My dear good woman, Why not send her/ To Moscow, to the bridal fair!” (26.155.9-10) Onegin’s arrival to the countryside represents an opportunity for Tatyana to escape her boring life as he comes from the cosmopolitan Saint Petersburg. She wants to live in a fantasy world inspired from her books and Onegin proves to be the perfect introduction to this imaginary world. Indirectly, Tatyana's love for Onegin allows her to leave the country side and join her dream world in the city. Gatsby is so blinded by love that anything that proves his relationship to be impossible, he denies and avoids. "Afterward, he kept looking at the child with surprise. I don't think he had ever really believed in its existence before" (117). Tatyana fully embraces her new lifestyle and she virtually becomes a princess from the books she use to read. Fiction becomes reality. Tatyana almost perceives Eugene as a character directly out of one of her books and she immediately falls in love with him. Even though Onegin finds Tatyana extremely appealing, she doesn’t come from his world and she cannot satisfy his cosmopolitan, bourgeois lifestyle and needs. His love is not reciprocal and he decides to leave the countryside. Ironically, by ignoring Tatyana, Onegin indirectly sends her to her desired life in Moscow. In Moscow, she blossoms and becomes everything Onegin seeks in a woman, but it’s too late, she’s already married. "I love you (why should I disguise it?),/ But I am someone else's wife,/ To him I shall be true for life" (47.195.12-14) By refusing Tatyana's love, Onegin ultimately falls in love with her. "The less we love a woman, woo her,/ The more disposed to us she gets/ And thus more surely we undo her/ And catch her in our tempting nets" (1.78.1-4) Tatyana's ideal world does not satisfy Onegin as he leaves the city to go to the country side, which demonstrates that her ideal world does not necessarily satisfy everyone. “No: soon a coldness numbed his feelings;/ The social hubbub left him bored; /” (37.23.1-2). Similarities Tatyana falls in love with Onegin because he pertains to her ideal world. Similarly, Jay Gatsby finds everything pertaining to his fantasy of becoming rich extremely appealing and therefore he falls in love with Daisy who comes from the class he wants to be in. Love The major difference between Gatsby and Tatyana is that Tatyana becomes an integral part of her fantasy, and she quite literally becomes the typical princess from one of her books; for example she gets all of the attention at the ball for her beauty and nobility. Gatsby, on the other hand, is not able to become a part of the society he lives in and he is lives in the past hoping to conquer Daisy. Unlike Gatsby, Tatyana manages to make her dream a reality and therefore lives happily. Gatsby becomes rich but he doesn’t fit in with his new social class, additionally, he becomes obsessed with Daisy and doesn’t realize the impossibility of their relationship. We have been talking about both characters and their fantastical world. But, at the end of the day whether we go to extremes like Gatsby, or simply wish to live a different life like Tatyana, we all have wishes and dreams we would like to accomplish and we all have a "fantastical world" where we would like to live in.
"And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes – a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock" (180). By comparing Gatsby’s stretch toward the green light to the sailor’s desire for the green new world, Nick makes Gatsby’s struggle universal. Gatsby and Tatyana's struggle for change are not therefore strange cases but are universal and demonstrate man's attempt at grasping the dream ahead of him.
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