The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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When Similarity Creates Differences As the great F. Scott Fitzgerald best put it, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function” (source). This is greatly evident in the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his characters Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan. The ideas that are presented in “The Great Gatsby” are similar as well as different in many ways to the life F. Scott Fitzgerald had. These similarities and differences can be seen through relationships and inheritable, money, and lifestyle. Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan are to central characters in The Great Gatsby, and both characters are extremely rich. However, F. Scott Fitzgerald lived as if he was. Money is a central theme of The Great Gatsby and in the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald. F. Scott Fitzgerald dreamed of having a life that was better than his own. He was not satisfied with what he had. This is mirrored throughout his novel “The Great Gatsby”. However, the protruding differences are also there. The relationships that the characters in “The Great Gatsby” possess are so much like F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda. Also, the lifestyles of both F. Scott Fitzgerald and his characters are much alike and different. All of these factors combined give a great insight to the life that F. Scott Fitzgerald had, or better yet, that he wanted. To begin with, “The Great Gatsby” is centered the idea of an impossible love, a…

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