The Test Of A First Rate Intelligence Essay

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"The test of a first-rate intelligence," F. Scott Fitzgerald said in the late 1920 's, "is the ability to hold two against ideas in the mind at the same time, and still keep the ability to function."(Magnum.)With Fitzgerald 's characters, however, partly because of the themes with which he deals and partly because of his excellent handling of point of view, the choices are rarely as obvious or as clear-cut to the main characters at the time as they may be to an unemotional watcher, or as they may seem in looking back to have been. Daisy, for example, so enchants Gatsby and the reader who identifies with him that only in looking back or through the unemotional watcher, Nick, does it become clear that she and the other careless, rich people in the novel are evil people of the highest order. It is Fitzgerald 's main gift that he can draw the reader into a web of emotional attachment to a character, as he does to Daisy through Gatsby, while, at the same time, allowing him to inspect the complex difficulty of the web, as he does through Nick. That is what Fitzgerald 's double vision at its best is finally about. “We have two or three great and moving experiences in our lives…. Then we learn our trade, well or less well, and we tell two or three stories -- each time in a new disguise -- maybe ten times, maybe a hundred, as long as people will listen.” (Fitzgerald)
From the beginning of his career as a book writer, Fitzgerald stayed with the subjects and themes that he knew well…

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