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F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) is best known for his novels and short stories which chronicle the excesses of America's 'Jazz Age' during the 1920s.
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
Born into a fairly well-to-do family in St Paul, Minnesota in 1896 Fitzgerald attended, but never graduated from Princeton University
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
Here he mingled with the monied classes from the Eastern Seaboard who so obsessed him for the rest of his life.
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
In 1917 he was drafted into the army, but he never saw active service abroad.
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
Instead, he spent much of his time writing and re-writing his first novel This Side of Paradise, which on its publication in 1920 became an instant success.
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
In the same year he married the beautiful Zelda Sayre and together they embarked on a rich life of endless parties
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
Dividing their time between America and fashionable resorts in Europe, the Fitzgeralds became as famous for their lifestyle as for the novels he wrote
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
Fitzgerald once said 'Sometimes I don't know whether Zelda and I are real or whether we are characters in one of my novels'. He followed his first success with The Beautiful and the Damned (1922), and The Great Gatsby (1925) which Fitzgerald considered his masterpiece.
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
It was also at this time that Fitzgerald wrote many of his short stories which helped to pay for his extravagant lifestyle.
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
The bubble burst in the 1930s when Zelda became increasingly troubled by mental illness.
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
Tender is the Night (1934), the story of Dick Diver and his schizophrenic wife Nicole, goes some way to show the pain that Fitzgerald felt.
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
The book was not well received in America and he turned to script-writing in Hollywood for the final three years of his life.
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
It was at this time he wrote the autobiographical essays collected posthumously in The Crack-Up and his unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon. He died in 1940.
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
Through the novel, Fitzgerald puts across the idea that the American dream has been corrupted by the desire for materialism. We see that Gatsby had a pure dream, but became corrupt in his quest towards that dream.
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
Within the novel, Fitzgerald uses the character of Nick Carraway as the first-person narrator. It is through Carraway's eyes that we see the other characters and the world they live in. Carraway is the only character in the novel to exhibit, and hold onto, a sense of morals and decency throughout the novel. Symbolism is heavily used, and can be found in both the characters actions and the physical objects.
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
Much has been made of Fitzerald's relation to his characters. Many of the characters in his novels are based on people from his life. Within the characters of Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby we can see the dueling parts of Fitzgerald's own personality. Gatsby and Fitzgerald are alike by both being self-made men who have achieved financial success.
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
Similarly, they both achieved their financial success for the love of a woman. Gatsby felt that he needed wealth to win the hand of Daisy, and Fitzgerald felt the same about Zelda.
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
The love of a woman was the motivating factor behind virtually all of Gatsby's actions, and many of the young Fitzgerald's.
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
Fitzgerald would spend the majority of his career struggling to earn as much money as possible to maintain the privelaged lifestyle that Zelda desired.
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
Gatsby felt that he needed wealth to win the hand of Daisy, and Fitzgerald felt the same about Zelda.
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
Nick Carraway can be seen to represent the outsider that Fitzgerald felt himself to be. Both Fitzgerald and Carraway found themselves surrounded by high society and dishonest people. Neither of them truly fit in with those surroundings
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
One of the major themes within the novel is East vs. West.
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Carraway comes from the West, and returns to it by the novel's end.
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
Through Carraway, Fitzgerald shows his fondness for the West, which he idealized as being a moral land. It is their dissatisfaction with their surroundings that Carraway and Fitzgerald share
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.
It is because of such feelings, that they both feel like outsiders.
"F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) ." F Scott Fitzgerald. The Literature Network. 25 Feb. 2005 <http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/>.