Essay about The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

1319 Words Nov 6th, 2015 6 Pages
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 parallelism between the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby. From the very beginning, we are able to make the connection between the two. Growing up, Fitzgerald aspired to make the most of his time on Earth. 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…

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