Home Burial And To Kill A Mockingbird By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Throughout history, countless authors and literary experts have struggled to compose a work that reveals a direct relationship between the lives of that author and the story 's characters. Examples of these literary works include “Home Burial” by Robert Frost or “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. In my opinion, however, F. Scott Fitzgerald has done the best job at analysing his own life through text. In his novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald is able to underscore the parallelism between his life and the main characters through the declination of the American Dream in the 1920’s, his relationship with Zelda Sayre, and his embodiment of Nick Carraway.
First of all, the decline of the American Dream plays a major role in unraveling the
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He was determined to make it big in the literary world in order to live the life that he thought he deserved. After being accepted to Princeton University, “Fitzgerald neglected his studies for his literary apprenticeship” (Bruccoli 3) sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts program. After inevitably failing to graduate, Fitzgerald felt that his best option was to enlist in the United States Army. This corresponds perfectly to the life of Jay Gatsby because Gatsby, too, dropped out of Princeton to fight for the rights of his homeland. “Convinced that he would die in war, Fitzgerald rapidly wrote a novel, The Romantic Egotist” (Bruccoli). Though this novel was never approved for publication, the author was praised for his originality by multiple editors. This praise sparked Fitzgerald 's motivation to continue writing with hopes that he was on the fast track for success. Just a few, short years later, he was finally able to earn the approval to publish the novel This Side of Paradise. “The publication of This Side of Paradise on March 26, 1920, made the twenty-four-year-old Fitzgerald famous almost overnight” (Bruccoli). Though Jay Gatsby was no literary expert, his claim to fame came from illegal bootlegging during the Prohibition Era. …show more content…
“If Gatsby represents one part of Fitzgerald’s personality, the flashy celebrity who pursued and glorified wealth in order to impress the woman he loved, then Nick represents another part: the quiet, reflective Midwesterner adrift in the lurid East” (Sparknotes). Like Fitzgerald, Carraway was born and raised in Minnesota where he learned to be grateful for what he had and to relax and enjoy life. On the other hand, Gatsby represents the fast-paced, fun-driven lifestyle of New York. At the beginning of the novel, when Nick moves in beside Gatsby, he feels a strong attraction to the freedom and unpredictability of Gatsby’s life but over the duration of the story, “he finds that lifestyle grotesque and damaging” (Sparknotes). This can be viewed as Fitzgerald 's longing to achieve the American Dream in his early years only to realize, after it 's too late, the destruction which this way of life caused to him. Only after Gatsby’s death, “Nick realizes that the fast life of revelry on the East Coast is a cover for the terrifying moral emptiness that the Valley of Ashes symbolizes” (Sparknotes). He then moves back to Minnesota in search of a more simple and traditional life. Fitzgerald, too, made the decision to move back to his hometown after suffering an endless list of health issues caused by his binge drinking and

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