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eng 231 - Critical Response Essay ENGL 231 Thomas Dilworths...

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Critical Response Essay ENGL 231 Thomas Dilworth’s article “ Donne’s Compass at the Death Scene of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby ” attempts to compare the final death scene of Gatsby as he is floating in the pool, to the compass imagery in John Donne’s “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”. According to Dilworth, the way Gatsby loved Daisy in “The Great Gatsby” alludes to the kind of love Donne speaks about in “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” . Thomas Dilworth mentions that in John Donne’s poem “the parting of two lovers is likened first to death and then to the action of a compass” (T. Dilworth p.56). Here is where I believe Dilworth is mistaken. While I agree that there are similarities between the kind of love in Donne’s poem and in “The Great Gatsby”, the poem itself does not liken the separation of lovers to death. It does however give love a more powerful and positive meaning, while in “The Great Gatsby” love takes on a more sinister value.
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