The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself...So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end” (Fitzgerald 95). Although this quote is written about the main character of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s acclaimed novel, The Great Gatsby, it can be applied to his life as well. When one compares the lives of Jay Gatsby and Fitzgerald, many similarities are found. Many authors use their past life experiences and encounters to create the characters and plot lines of their novels. F. Scott Fitzgerald used his novel, The Great Gatsby, demonstrate his rise from poverty to great wealth. Born on September 24, 1896 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, or as he is better known F. Scott Fitzgerald, would grow to be one of the greatest American writers of the 1920’s. Though he was the only son of Edward and Mary Fitzgerald, he did have one sister, Louise. As a boy, Fitzgerald attended St Paul’s Academy. It was here that he began writing stories for his school newspaper when he was only thirteen years old. Although he never went to war, Fitzgerald drafted into the armed forces in 1918 and stationed in Montgomery, Alabama (“A Brief Life of Fitzgerald”). During this time, F. Scott Fitzgerald met Zelda Sayre, the daughter of an Alabama Supreme Court Judge. After publishers did not accept his first novel, “[Fitzgerald]…

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