F. Scott Fitzgeral and His Impact in American Literature and Other Writers

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F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say” (qtd. in Goodreads). In Fitzgerald's life he overcame many obstacles such as alcoholism and his wife going to an insane asylum, but tragedy often creates the most spectacular writers. His skill is seen in almost every piece he produced,which in turn created a legend. F. Scott Fitzgerald revolutionized American literature through his accurate portrayal of the 1920’s. Fitzgerald was an amazing writer who influenced the life of many and gave the American people a peek into the somewhat mysterious world of the roaring twenties. Fitzgerald started as a poor man and ended his life as a wealthy man, but never seemed to find his place. “He had the ability to experience the lifestyle of the wealthy from an insider's perspective, yet never felt a part of this click and always felt [like] the outsider” (EXPLORING Novels). Providing Fitzgerald with these unique experiences helped him develop his writing style, many critics of his work called it double vision or having more than one way of seeing life. (EXPLORING Novels). Since Fitzgerald was in the rich lifestyle he had a lot to write about but, he also wrote about himself in many of his works. “In Fitzgerald's case, his life paralleled the trajectory of his generation to an almost eerie degree” (Shmoop.com). Having this favored position gave Fitzgerald an advantage that other writers did not have because his life was very similar to many regular people at the time so many of his readers related to his work. The current American people favor a pleasure seeking lifestyle, this fits in well with what Fitzgerald's writings had to offer his readers; proving that Fitzger... ... middle of paper ... ...zgeralds time, a glimpse into the epicurean lifestyle. Fitzgerald did not merely influence society but he also revolutions other writers, such as J.D. Salinger. Fitzgerald’s literature has extensively impacted Americans and will continue to influence people for years to come. Works Cited Benet, Stephen V. "Fitzgerald's Unfinished Symphony." Unz.org. The Saturday Review of Literature, 6 Dec. 1941. Web. 1 Mar. 2014. "F. Scott Fitzgerald." EXPLORING Novels. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Student Resources in Context. Web. 5 Feb. 2014. "F. Scott Fitzgerald." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. "F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes." Goodreads. Goodreads, Inc., 13 May 2008. Web. 27 Feb. 2014. Gabriel, Kathy. "The Influence of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald on J.D. Salinger." Salingerincontext.org RSS. WordPress, Dec. 2009. Web. 13 Feb. 2014.

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