The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Imagine a thousand voices racing around your head. Each one screaming a story at you, demanding your attention. They are all begging to be released, to have their story immortalized on paper. Thus is the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald. A writer's mind is full of stories of other people's lives, people that had not yet been created. F. Scott took the stories of these people, poured his own life into theirs and laid the mixture out on paper. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald chooses to mirror his life through the lives of his characters to express the general corruption and near impossibility of fully obtaining the American Dream

Matthew J. Bruccoli states in his online article “A Brief Life of Fitzgerald” that Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born September 24, 1896 in Saint Paul, Minnesota to Edward and Mollie. Edward did not work wells as a wicker furniture manufacturer so he moved the family to upstate New York where he worked as a salesman for Protector & Gambler. He was laid off when F. Scott was 12 so they moved back to St. Paul and lived on Mollie's inheritance. F. Scott attended the Saint Paul Academy where he wrote a detective story for the school paper. It was the first of his writings to ever be published. At Princeton he wrote many scripts and songs for their plays, comics for their magazine. F. Scott was so passionate about writing that he neglected all of his studies and was put on academic probation as “unlikely to graduate”. He then dropped out of school and joined the army and became Second Lieutenant. He was so convinced that he was going to die in war that he haphazardly wrote The Romantic Egotist but was rejected and encouraged to resubmit his work when it was revised (Bruccoli).


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...obtaining the American Dream. F. Scott Fitzgerald proved to be one of the best writers of his time despite his rough beginnings. He took his struggles and placed himself and his loved ones in his stories to prove a point. He want to shine light on his style of living, but not in an attempt to glorify it. F. Scott Fitzgerald used himself, Jay Gatsby, and his wife, Daisy Buchanan to exemplify the corruption money causes and the impossibility of obtaining the American Dream.

Works Cited

“Biographies.” PBS. PBS, Web.

Bruccoli, Matthew J. "A Brief Life of Fitzgerald." Biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, Web.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York, New York: Scribner 1996. Print.

Gam, Karielle Stephanie. “A Great American Character Analysis: Is Gatsby Indeed Great?” The Huffington Post., Web.
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