The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Wealth and economic success struck the lives of the Americans living during the 1920s. Lavish lifestyles, overindulgence, and gaudy apparel were the rage of this decade. At this time, “America [had become] the wealthiest country in the world with no obvious rival” (America in the 1920s). Francis Scott Fitzgerald, an American writer of that time, employed the events of his life and the realities of the world around him in order to create one of the most influential works in the history of America: The Great Gatsby. Through his work, Fitzgerald was capable of portraying the truth behind the luxurious scenes of the 1920s. Fitzgerald’s unveiling of veracities produced a strong reaction from those of his time and has left a lasting impression on the centuries that have followed.
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald exemplified literary talent from an impressively young age. At the age of thirteen, F. Scott Fitzgerald began pursuing his skill as a writer. When his parents noticed this remarkable talent of the young Fitzgerald, they “sent him to the Newman School, a prestigious Catholic preparatory school in New Jersey” at the age of fifteen. While at Newman School, Fitzgerald met a priest named Father Sigourney Fay. Father Fay “noticed his incipient talent with the written word and encouraged him to pursue his literary ambitions” (F. Scott Fitzgerald Bio).
Fitzgerald graduated from Newman School in 1913 and continued to pursue his literary development at Princeton University. While at Princeton, Fitzgerald continued to develop his artistic ability as a writer by “writing scripts for Princeton 's famous Triangle Club musicals as well as frequent articles for the Princeton Tiger humor magazine and stories for the Nassau Lite...

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Fitzgerald successfully reached out to readers his time through the hidden morals within many of his works. In his most influential work, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald portrayed “the way in which we love the promise of the glittering and the shiny and the powerful, but how even to dream of it, let alone to seek it, also corrupts us and destroys us.” Fitzgerald dedicated himself in assisting the readers of his time, and after, in recognizing this failure in humanity. While constructing his works, Fitzgerald made an effort to accomplish the goal of literature, which is to “notice and point at previously little-noticed things in our experience, and help us experience life more fully -- sometimes even more wisely” (Quora). Fitzgerald artistically portrayed the truths behind the extravagance of his time in hopes of assisting those in future generations.
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