Essay on F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

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The Great War, which took place from 1914 to 1918, exposed the world to brutality and horrors that it had never before seen. As a result of the upheaval of the war, a generation of young men and women were suddenly freed from the social constraints of the previous decades; as a result, they went mad with freedom and new ideas. A decade of partying, loose morals, crazed dancing, and ever-changing fashions entered the American life-- a decade that confounded the older generation, and fascinated novelists. One of most well-known writers of this period is F. Scott Fitzgerald, who both observed these times with a writer’s eye and lived them with abandon. Perhaps because the entire mood of the decade was one of living in the moment, Fitzgerald used his novels to chronicle the fleeting lifestyle of the period, as well as criticize the morals. The frantic atmosphere of 1920’s, as well as his personal life, profoundly influenced F. Scott Fitzgerald to write The Great Gatsby, which met a mixed reception from critics.
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in the very last years of the nineteenth century. His mother was an Irish immigrant, and his father was a failure both as a manufacturer and salesman (Bruccoli). This sense of failure was to haunt Fitzgerald throughout his life, as well as the resultant desire to prove himself. In 1917, as the World War I was reshaping the world, Fitzgerald joined the United States Army. Desperate to prove himself before his…

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