F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby Essay

1035 Words Aug 18th, 2015 5 Pages
Authors are known for drawing inspiration from their lives when writing or just being quite similar to their works; this is obviously no different for F Scott Fitzgerald. Using F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary masterpiece, “the Great Gatsby”, this becomes very easy to see. Many of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s main, secondary, and minor characters prove to resemble Fitzgerald and elements in his life.
In the previously mentioned work, most of the characters’ actions, history, and motivations suggest they manifested from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s experiences and relationships. Jay Gatsby, the main character of “The Great Gatsby”, is a prime example of this. Jay Gatsby and Fitzgerald’s early starts were alike in the sense that they both had mentors; “Dan Cody became Gatz 's mentor and invited him to join his ten-year yacht trek,” and Fitzgerald, “met Father Sigourney Fay, who encouraged his ambitions for personal distinction and achievement.” Fitzgerald’s father figure and mentor, Father Fay, must’ve held so much sentimental value and influence for him that he wanted to give Gatsby that type of beginning. After becoming self-made millionaires, they were characterized as handsome and influential playboys. They even went off in the world trying to settle an introspective conflict, Gatsby “...lived like a young rajah in all the capitals of Europe — Paris, Venice, Rome — collecting jewels, chiefly rubies, hunting big game, painting a little, things for... [himself]... only, and trying to…

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