Year 13 – Mrs Taylor’s class revising links AO3

For your allocated theme, identify key quotes from Rapture/ Tess/ Gatsby and summarise the connection between them. Give chapter/ page references

1.Anxiety / insecurity

2. Bliss / contentment / joy

3. Desire / yearning / longing

4. Disappointment

5. Grief/ loss

6. healing/ acceptance

 

 

 

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11 Responses to Year 13 – Mrs Taylor’s class revising links AO3

  1. Sarah says:

    a) The South West’s beautiful ocean city offers a wide range of fun filled attractions for all to see; from the exotic fish in the UK’s largest aquarium, situated in Sutton’s Harbour, next to the picturesque barbican, to the home of Smeaton’s Tower, overlooking The Hoe, with the fascinating Plymouth’ Life Centre, offering numerous sporting activities, where Olympic bronze medalist Tom Daley often trains.

    • Olivia and Beth says:

      Thank you for this useful information. I will be sure to discover these ‘fun filled attractions’ you speak so proudly of. 🙂

  2. Beth and Liv says:

    ANXIETY AND INSECURITY

    Gatsby – chapter 5: page 93/94

    ‘Gatsby […] looked conscientiously from one to the other of us with tense, unhappy eyes’.
    ‘He followed me wildly into the kitchen’
    ‘Youre just embarrassed that’s all’
    ‘Opening the door cautiously’
    ‘Where are you going?’ Demanded Gatsby in an immediate alarm.
    ‘Daisy, who was sitting, frightened but graceful, on the edge of a stiff chair’
    ‘Trembling fingers’
    ‘Pressure of his head’

    Tess – chapter 8: page 62-67

    ‘The least irregularity of motion startled her. She began to get uneasy at a certain recklessness in her conductor’s driving’
    ‘”Don’t try to frighten me, sir,” said Tess stiffly’

    Rapture – Text

    ‘I reread your first, your second, your third’
    ‘Nothing my thumbs press will ever be heard’

    Rapture – Forest

    ‘Didn’t we?’

    • Olivia and Beth says:

      In ‘The Great Gatsby’ anxiety is most present in chapter 5 where Gatsby is meeting Daisy for the first time in five years, however, it is not a continuous component throughout the novel as opposed to Tess in ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ whereas Tess is left in continuous after her non consensual encounter with Alec and is forced to continuing living her life in complete despair. Duffy only shows anxiety when waiting upon an ambivalent gift from her lover, ‘a text’ and represents those in a modern society and the anxiety we present when awaiting communication from our ‘lover’, which ironically fuels our unsettled relationships with others.

      • Olivia and Beth says:

        In ‘The Great Gatsby’ anxiety is most present in chapter 5 where Gatsby is meeting Daisy for the first time in five years, however, it is not a continuous component throughout the novel as opposed to Tess, in ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ where Tess is left in continuous insecurity and after her non-consensual encounter with Alec and is forced to continue living her life in complete despair. Duffy only shows anxiety when waiting upon an ambivalent gift from her lover, ‘a text’ and represents those in a modern society and the anxiety we present when awaiting communication from our ‘lover’, which ironically fuels our unsettled relationships with others.

  3. Emily & Darcy says:

    2. Contentment/joy/bliss

    “Tests had never in her recent life been so happy as she was now, possibly never would be so happy again” (pg.165)

    “Angel I am almost glad – Yes glad” (pg.505)

    “They were so absorbed in the sense of being close to each other that they did not begin talking for a long while” (pg.237)

    “She lived in spiritual ecstasy than any other period of her life” (pg.246)

    “She walked in brightness”

    “Her affection for him was now the breath and life of Tess,s being” (pg.249)

    Gatsby

    Pg.81 – when Gatsby and Daisy are first together – the way Gatsby looked at Daisy

    Pg.82 – “She was gay again” – 1920’s context

    Pg.96 – “sunshine in the room”, “told only of her unexpected joy” – reunion of Gatsby and Daisy

    Pg.99 – “unreasoning joy”, “they’re such beautiful shirts”

    Rapture

    “Thought of by you all day, I think of you” (Rapture)

    “Nothing dark will end our shining hour” (Hour)

    “We are millionaires, backhanding the night” (Hour)

    “I have come this far to find the love of my life” (River)

    “I feel love come to my arms and cover my mouth” (River)

  4. Hollie and Sara says:

    They still place their lovers in an idolised state despite grief:
    Tess pg 249 “I will obey you like your wretched slave”
    Gatsby pg150 “he spoke as if Daisy’s reaction was the only thing that mattered”
    Duffy in ‘Grief’ “my star, my star” “the perfect choice”

    Sense of responsibility or self reflection that grief provokes:
    Tess pg294 “burst into a flood of self sympathetic tears”- self sympathetic encourages us to believe that Tess is not it blame despite the double standards of the society at the time
    Gatsby pg172 “Look here, old sport, you’ve got to get somebody for me. You’ve got to try hard” Nick places responsibility on himself to find people to come to Gatsby’s funeral, due to being his seemingly only “friend”

    Duffy and Hardy present grief differently due to their forms, Duffy uses alliteration on the aspirate /h/ “my empty hands made heavy holding” which sounds like she is sobbing and the first person lyrical outpouring of emotion makes the reader feel more sympathetic compared to the third person detached narration if Tess’ grief. “Tess shrank into herself as if she had been struck” pg309.

    • Hollie and Sara says:

      Due to the social prejudice and double standards Tess experiences, a modern reader is more sympathetic towards Tess compared to Duffy’s repetitive and self deprecating grief.

  5. Alysha and Emma says:

    3.
    Tess
    Longing
    “I long for only one thing….” (P430)
    -Tess’ letter to Angel following their separation
    Desire
    “Went quickly towards the desire of his eyes” (P193)

    Rapture
    Desire
    “I burned for you day and night” (Rain)
    “Desire and passion on the thinking air” (Rapture)
    Longing
    “I planted a rose…gave it the last of the water, gave it your name” (Rain)

    Gatsby
    Longing
    “He strategies out his arms toward the dark water”(P27)
    “No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man can store up in his ghostly heart”(P103)

    In Gatsby the desire presented isn’t as raw and natural as the desire in Tess and Rapture; therefore desire is not instinctive in Gatsby as it is more a result of Gatsby’s American dream.

  6. Emily & Darcy says:

    In all three texts the reader is shown phases of contentment, joy and bliss from all of the protagonists. In the first line in the poem ‘rapture’ Duffy writes “thought of by you all day, I think of you” to show her love as reciprocal. The symmetry and switch from passive to active voice shows the reciprocated feelings are balanced in harmony. Similarly Hardy shows Tess and Angel’s relationship as being in a state of harmony and contentment; “They were so absorbed in the sense of being close to each other”. However, due to the omniscient third person narrator the reader is aware that Tess’s current state if joy is unable to last – in contrast Duffy’s happiness and defiant statement “nothing dark will end our shining hour” seems more permanent as her relationship exists in a vacuum and so is not affected by external factors, unlike Tess’s own relationships.

  7. Steph and Tamara says:

    1. ‘No goodnight kiss. No Cuba’ in ‘Over’ Duffy shows her acceptance of her love that never happened and the loss of the Cuban romance she wanted. Tess shows this as well at the end of the penultimate chapter ‘”I am ready” she said quietly’ Tess accepts her fate

    2. ‘I turned up my face, and water flooded my mouth, baptised my head’ in ‘Rain’ the religious and spiritual imagery suggests a rebirth and Duffy’s acceptance of a new beginning and the start of healing. Tess shares this perception of a spiritual awakening on page 133 with ‘Either the change of the quality of the air from heavy to light or the sense of being amid new scenes where there were no invidious eyes upon her, sent up her spirits wonderfully’.

    3. Page 135 ‘Tess Durbeyfield, then, in good heart, and full of zest for life’ Tess has new hope for life on the way to Talbothays. Duffy also shows a hope for change in ‘Over’; ‘I hear a bird begin its song, piercing the hour, to bring first light this Christmas dawn, a gift, the blush of memory’ both begin to heal from their past misgivings

    4. Tess also shows acceptance of her distorted views of Angel and his bad treatment ‘O why have you treated me so monstrously, Angel!’

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