The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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The 1920s were a time where it was apparent that the wealthy class was chasing the wrong means to happiness. The emptiness of money and a spot in the higher social class was all that was important to the society of the 1920s. This was clearly depicted in the novel The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald. An age of dramatic social and political change also began in the 1920s which was commonly known as “The Roaring Twenties”. Also during this time, more people lived in cities than farms. This caused the United States ' economy to dramatically increase and the nation 's wealth grew to more than double it 's original size during this time as well. All this was due to the formation of the consumer society, where everyone spent more money. America was also in the stage of prohibition which gave Scott Fitzgerald a reason to write The Great Gatsby. Although the novel is highly regarded, in its early release, it got mixed reviews and sold very poorly. Since he lived a similar lifestyle, he was able to closely resemble the current times through his writing because of his experiences that he lived through everyday of his life.

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota to his parents Mary McQuallian and Edward Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald grew up to be a smart and ambitious young man. He went to St. Paul Academy when he was 13. 2 years later when he was 15, his parents sent him to a catholic preparatory school called Newman School in New Jersey. A priest there…

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