who so list compared to Gatsby

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  • Created on: 20-02-19 14:46

"Who so list to hount I knowe where is an hynde"

  • By using a declatitive opening, the speaker asserts dominance over others as to understand their propesition, you would need to speak to the speaker to find out.
  • The woman has no choice in the matter as the men group together to hunt her.
  • Personal pronoun ("I") makes the speaker's experiance seem more emotional and personal, starting the poem with the idea that this speaker is the victim in the situation, when a feminist perspective would disagree; suggesting that as the woman has no choice for what might happen to her, she is the victim.


  • In chapter 6 at Gatsby's party, Gatsby introduces Tom to the others as "the polo player," in hopes to degrade his masculinity. Mirroring the game played on horses, this gives the impression that Gatsby thinks Daisy's heart is a game to be played and won.
  • Also, as part of Gatsby's plan to belittle Tom, he introduces Daisy first, making her seem like shes the one in control of her marriage, also that Tom is just an after thought for him.
  • By then inroducing him as a player of a sport that is only played by the rich, also makes his character seem quite soft, consequently hurting his confidence.
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"But as for me, helas, I may no more"

  • The speaker understands that the woman is married and therefore has to leave her alone. She is the property of another man and therefore cannot be persued otherwise she would be punished. 
  • A feminist perspective would suggest that this woman has the freedom to do whatever she wants, but on the other hand, there is also the idea that this woman is without a voice and doesnt know the speaker's feelings towards her. meaning that this woman is being persued without knowledge and without consent.
  • There is alliteration of the bilabial nasel sound in this quotation, making the speaker appear quite selfish as they view themself as a victim, wanting her, not what's best for her.


  • Gatsby, on the other hand, keeps trying. He knows of Daisy's marriage yet still tries to win her love.
  • Even to look at the class difference, Daisy being upperclass when they first met, contextually should've meant that they wouldn't be together, yet Gatsby's determination doesn't give up on this first barrier. 
  • His wanting to "change the past" means that he thought about the different hurdles he would have to overcome, and does. knowing that he would have to eradicate his past in the process.
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"I leve of therefore// ...I seke to hold the wynde

  • "I leve of therefore" comes in the middle of the poem and disrupts the meter, showing the speaker's decision to stop the hunt.
  • The comparison of trying to catch the wind makes the reader compasionate as the impossible example shows the struggle. 
  • It is thought that this poem is about Anne Borlyn and so would suggest that she is indeed an impossible target as she was married to King Henry VIII.


  • There is a motif throughout both the poem and the novel surrounding the ideal that the male protagonist is not rich enough to be with the female interest.
  • At times, it could be said that Gatsby understands that he is asking for the impossible, yet he still persists with his fantasy surrounding Daisy.
  • "I used to laugh sometimes... to think that you didn't know" p137, as Gatsby egotistically tells Tom as the truth comes out about his feelings for Daisy in chapter 7.
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"Diamondes in letters plain"

  • Diamonds has connotations of things that are shiney and expensive, making this woman's husband (owner) a very rich man who decorates his woman in wealth and jewlary. 
  • This suggests to the reader that this woman is a prize to be won. She is currently owned by someone else, but if the speaker is able to catch her, she would be his. 
  • Capitalisation of "Diamondes" makes it seem all the more important, only to be juxtaposed with "plain"; suggesting she isnt as important as she seems- linking to context of women not being able to own anything as it is all the property of the husband.
  • From a Marxist perspective, there is the suggestion that anothr man has bought this woman's love, meaning that the poorer are left out as their financial status isnt good enough.


  • Daisy is also a very decorated woman as her and Tom are both from old money families. They live in a manison and are very materialistic about their belongings.
  • Gatsby also plays a part in this, e.g. his variety of "such beautiful shirts", attempting to show Daisy that he has money so she could be happy with him instead. 
  • Daisy also has the role of being a prize to be won for Gatsby.
  • Linking back to the Marxist perspective, this text also follows the same idea that a woman's love and affection can be bought.
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