I'm doing an essay for AS level English with Gatsby as my core text, but we also have incorporate a bit on the kite runner. It's based on symbolic setting. Do you have any ideas on what similarities/comparisons I can make with the two books? I'm stuck. Maybe because it's 1am.
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- Thread Starter
- 04-04-2013 01:03
- PS Helper
- 04-04-2013 01:31
What do you mean by "symbolic setting"?
Maybe something about how there are sort of 'aspirational' (that's not actually the word I'm looking for.. hmm) settings in both novels - in TKR, America seems like an escape from their problems, and Gatsby's attraction to East Egg cos Daisy's there... So they're a symbol of hope. But both places don't really live up to their expectations.
You could make a tenuous link between the valley of ashes in Gatsby, and war-stricken Afghanistan in TKR... Symbolic of a destroyed society, and generally representing poverty, hopelessness and despair?
I don't really know what I'm saying because I haven't read either text in a year, and it's 1.30am, so sorry for not being much help