The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The years following World War I, also known as the “Roaring Twenties”, were years of revelry, self-indulgence, and political change. The economy was booming, and young adults were taking great advantage of it. Partying, alcohol, and jazz music dominated the culture. F. Scott Fitzgerald used the changing, increasingly modern world of the 1920’s in his writing. He earned a fortune from writing, and he used it to live an extravagant lifestyle. The thinly veiled “cultural civil war” of his time contributed greatly to all of his works (Overview of the 1920s). Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby to elucidate his time on Earth, and his vast personal experiences are shown throughout his literary life. Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, named after a distant relative who wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was born September 24, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota (Bruccoli). He was born to Mary McQuillan Fitzgerald, an Irish-Catholic who held a small fortune from a grocery chain, and Edward Fitzgerald (Bruccoli). Like many Americans, Edward Fitzgerald attempted to live the “American Dream.” He did this by opening a wicker furniture business, which failed. F. Scott Fitzgerald shared his father’s love for the “American Dream,” and his early life and ambitions helped motivate him to gain success through his works. Fitzgerald attended St. Paul’s academy in Minnesota, and was very bright and ambitious as a young child (Bruccoli). He showed a great aptitude for the written word, and had his first writing published in the school’s newspaper when he was thirteen (“F. Scott Fitzgerald”). Because of his ambition, his parents sent him to Newman School, a prestigious Catholic preparatory school in New Jersey (“F. Scott Fitzgerald”). It was here that he met Father ... ... middle of paper ... ...ays in search of more, Fitzgerald 's writings emphasized the shift toward materialism in the 1920’s. Fitzgerald accurately portrayed his life in all of his literature and immortalized the 1920s, especially with The Great Gatsby. He drew on his extravagant lifestyle in his writings, making his novels relatable to the time period. The inspiration he drew from his wife, Zelda, also aided in his novels’ success. Fitzgerald’s use of personal experience in his works helped to make him one of America’s most important authors. The majority of his writing focused on the decadence of the 1920’s. Fitzgerald once described the 1920s as “the greatest, gaudiest spree in history.” The Great Gatsby is regarded as one of the greatest American novels of all time, largely due to the fact that it painted a definitive portrait of the 1920’s and the incredible time of American posterity.
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