The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“"The poet in a poet" is inspired to write by reading another poet 's poetry and will tend to produce work that is in danger of being derivative of existing poetry” (“The Anxiety of Influence”). In literature, it is hard to be original, therefore an author is essentially rewriting another author’s ideas. This idea, The Anxiety of Influence by Harold Bloom, also applies novels. A person can influence an author either consciously or unconsciously. Influence is defined as a person or thing that affects someone or something in an important way (“Influence”). Fitzgerald, author of award winning novel The Great Gatsby, is influenced by his wife, Zelda Sayre, colleage, T.S. Elliot, and friends, Gerald and Sara Murphy. Just like other authors, Fitzgerald to was influenced by others. The content and the characters are connected to the influences in Fitzgerald’s life. There is no looking over the influences on a novel which has had such a great impact on American literature. F.Scott Fitzgerald’s first wife, Zelda Sayre, had a major influence on his writing. Their turbulent relationship has been an inspiration for Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald met Zelda when he was stationed at Camp Sheridan in Alabama. When he was discharged, he moved the New York City to make money, so he could marry. Zelda broke off her with Fitzgerald engagement because she was unwilling to live on a small salary. Zelda’s decisions were driven by money. This relationship is very similar to Jay Gatsby and Daisy’s. Jay Gatsby leaves Daisy because he is sent off to serve in war. He has always loved her and wanted her back, therefore he moves to West Egg and throws large parties to get Daisy 's attention. Jay Gatsby wears expensive suits and drives fanc... ... middle of paper ... influenced by others. The content and the characters are connected to the influences in Fitzgerald’s life. Zelda has influenced Fitzgerald by assisting him to develop strong female voices. Also Zelda is Fitzgerald 's inspiration for Daisy, in The Great Gatsby. T.S Eliot is influenced by The Great Gatsby because he admires the novel. Fitzgerald uses themes in T.S Eliot’s, The Waste Land, as inspiration for Daisy and Jay Gatsby’s relationship. Gerald and Sara Murphy, friends of Fitzgerald, throw parties which is the inspiration of Jay Gatsby’s parties. Also, Fitzgerald writes them a letter to explain how they have been an inspiration for his novel. All in all, Fitzgerald 's influences for his novel, The Great Gatsby, can not be overlooked. The effect that others had on Fitzgerald and the effect that he had on literature will always be a dominant presence in fiction.
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