The Great Gatsby, a book based on the culture of the Roaring Twenties, took place in the 1920’s and was then published in 1925. The 1920’s were a time after World War 1 was completed and everyone wanted to finally have fun and enjoy life. This resulted in the Jazz age emerging and many individuals took an i... ... middle of paper ... ...of 1922. (Nicholas Tredall) Jay Gatsby was a man that had everything minus the one thing he wanted in his life, Daisy, and it made him a tragic flawed hero. (Mizener) F. Scott Fitzgerald was considered one of the best writers of the 1920’s and there were many parallels between his life and the life of fictional character Gatsby.
The “Jazz Age” was a term F. Scott Fitzgerald coined to describe the ostentatious era that began after World War I during the Roaring Twenties. It was a joyous time full of great prosperity. He published many famous books during this time like The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night. Fitzgerald claimed to know a great deal about the glitz and glamour of the Roaring Twenties, while he never actually experienced those aspects himself. Although F. Scott Fitzgerald had many struggles with alcoholism and his marriage, he is considered to be one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century.
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote some of the most culminating novels of the twenties. He wrote numerous short stories and magnificent novels such as The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, The Last Tycoon, and This Side of Paradise. “In the Twenties, [Fitzgerald’s] heyday, he was kind of king of our American youth” (Berryman). Fitzgerald was an expert of the American culture that he lived in and understood it significantly. His most famous novel, The Great Gatsby, encompasses Jay Gatsby’s journey to capture the love of Daisy Buchanan through his prosperity.
It was understood that the American Dream was that of a theory of achieving a goal of being a successful person was only through the act of hard work, determination, and persistence. Toward the end of the First World War, America’s mindset started to shift from the impact from the brutality of the war. When the war ended in 1918, the better part of the nation felt the devastation and alienation caused from the war. The faith in the American Dream was eroding quickly. Society discovered that honor and courage would not protect them in the war as they once thought.
This was not only the most successful book that she had written but it was also one of the most popular books of her time. That may have been her most successful book she wrote but it is the same as all of her other fiction books with uses folklore in them witch is because of her background. It all started with “Jonah's Gourd Vine” the first book of the collection. This book was published in 1933 as the first novel by the noted black novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist. It was highly praised as "a bold and beautiful book, many a page priceless and unforgettable” by the famous Carl Sandburg who was a great American writer best known for his poetry in the 1920’s.
No matter how much a person may try, going against the harsh reality, the American Dream is impossible to achieve; this is parallel to Gatsby 's story. Back in the 1920s, people have dedicated their lives to dreams that could not be fulfilled which led to the a regretful and pitiful life, much like that of Jay Gatsby. Symbolism in literature is meant to convey a message. What Fitzgerald exudes is the falsehood of the American Dream. Gatsby dies while attempting to bring his green light into reality.
During the 1900’s a radical new movement was born - modernism. This newly found movement was built on the loss of traditional values and, the idea of self reliance. Through this, the “America Dream” was born, which valued money, romance and happiness above all else. Author F. Scott Fitzgerald lived and wrote during the 1920’s, a time known for extraordinary parties and high levels of entertainment. In The Great Gatsby, he tells a story which includes aspects of his own life and experiences that fall under the extraordinary category.
In addition, this revolution transformed many of the great writers and authors of the time as well as their various works. The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, perfectly symbolizes many emergent trends of the 1920’s. More importantly the character of Jay Gatsby is depicted as a man amongst his American dream and the trials he faces in the pursuit of its complete achievement. His drive for acquiring the girl of his dreams, Daisy Buchanan, through gaining status and wealth shows many aspects of the authors view on the American dream. Through this, one can hope to disassemble the complex picture that is Fitzgerald’s view of this through the novel.
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People would do anything when it comes to love. They would do the unthinkable just to be noticed. That’s exactly what Gatsby had to go through. The Great Gatsby was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925 and has been highly recognized in society since then. One of the main reasons it is considered a classic American novel is because of its success and relevance to American history.