The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay examples

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the most well known books in American history. It is a story of the struggles of high society in the 1920s, forbidden love, and how selfishness can ruin lives. However, many people do not realize that this novel parallels Fitzgerald’s own life in many ways. One can see this comparison through the characters, the setting, and the society depicted in the novel. Fitzgerald pulled many experiences from his own life in many ways to create this great American novel, and has provided today’s America a clearer view of what life was like in the 1920s. The first glimpse into Fitzgerald’s life is through the characters. Many characters in the book are either directly or indirectly based on someone from Fitzgerald’s life. For example, Jordan Baker is based on the golfer Edith Cunningham according to Smithsonian Magazine. Daisy Buchanan is based on Zelda Sayer and Ginevra King. Ginevra, the first love of Fitzgerald, seems to have almost an identical backstory to Daisy. She would flirt with men of a lower, less wealthy class, but ultimately married into money and class instead of marrying for love. Zelda on the other hand, seemed to be more of an example for the Daisy married to Tom Buchanan. According to smithsonian.com Zelda also seemed to want her child to grow up to be “a beautiful little fool”. Nick Carraway seems to represent Fitzgerald in a sense that they are both from the West. Nick and Fitzgerald both moved east, both ended up…

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