F Scott Fitzgerald's Influence On The Great Gatsby

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The roaring twenties was a time of drastic change on culture and society. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby had a great influence on American literature. Fitzgerald showed the struggles of pursuing the American dream. Not only showing the struggles of pursuing the American dream Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby to show how society had changed after having its first major war. Francis Scott Fitzgerald was born September 24, 1896. At a young age he showed an interest in literature. Fitzgerald attended the University of Princeton. While he was at Princeton he was a distinguished literary figure among the university. He did not graduate from Princeton because he failed out due to his poor academics. After failing out of Princeton he joined the army in November of 1917. While he was stationed at Camp Sheridan he met his future wife Zelda Sayre. They both instantly fell in love with one another. Fitzgerald wanted to move to New York to find a good …show more content…
During this time some freedoms were being expanded while others were being restricted. In the 20’s our country was in a time of prohibition. The sale of alcohol was illegal in the Unites States so every bar or any place that strictly sold alcohol had to close down. The role of prohibition played a big role in the novel The Great Gatsby. In this novel the sale of alcohol is illegal at the time. Even though it is illegal Gatsby still sells it and this is how he makes most of his money. He sells it out of alleged drug stores. This points back to the corrupted American dream illustrated through Gatsby. He takes short cuts to get wealth which is not the way to obtain the American dream. A little irony is also shown in this novel when Tom Buchannan ridicules Gatsby for selling liquor when Tom himself drinks liquor. F. Scott Fitzgerald shows that even though alcohol was illegal people in the 20’s still found ways to get their hands on

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