Hi so I am a 12U student, and my final summative is to write a compare a contrast essay between the Book the Great Gatsby and the Play Hamlet.
I have some points, but I don't really know how to format my essay, (its a 5 paragraph essay) and I don't know if I am on the right track..
Here is what I have:
Gender Roles in Hamlet-
Ophelia is dependent on the men in her life (father and brother), and consistently seeks guidance. Gertrude is also very dependent on men.
In Hamlet the Social norm is that women have "invisible" roles in society, and they are Youthful, Beautiful, and pure.
Ophelia could be considered to be the "perfect" girl for her era: Young, Gorgeous, and pure.
Gertrude however is the opposite, she is obviously older, not that beautiful anymore, and she is certainly NOT pure.
Gender Roles in Gatsby-
Daisy is also very dependent on Tom, and in a way Gatsby. She just wants to be rich, and happy, and she doesn't work therefore making her lean on Tom for support in many ways.
However Jordan Baker is fairly independent, because she is a star golfer and can stand on her own two feet without help.
Daisy is the "perfect" girl during the Jazz age, the pure, southern belle.
Jordan Baker is the opposite of Daisy: Dark hair, tall, independent etc.
Gatsby and Hamlet both "act" as something other than who they really are-
Jay acts as if he is cultured and powerful, and that he has been all his life, when really he was born dirt poor, and he got his money through illegal activities.
Hamlet acts insane to be able to try to complete his goal.
Gatsby/Daisy vs. Hamlet/Ophelia:
Both relationships appear to be possible at the beginning of their work but as everyone knows they actually don't work at all.
Gatsby and Hamlet:
Both Tragic Heroes- Don't know what Gatsby's tragic flaw is how indecisive he is about everything.
It could be said the Gatsby's flaw is that he is too much of a dreamer, he wants his perfect life with Daisy, and wants to re-create the past, but instead he scares Daisy away and ends up dying because of his "dreaming" (Ambition?)
Also both Gatsby and Hamlet are extremely brooding.
Anywho thanks for any help you can assist me with!