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Born in 1896 to a fairly well to-do family, F(rancis). Scott (Key) Fitzgerald is known as one of the most iconic American authors. Fitzgerald’s fame grew due to his many publications in Saturday Evening Post, which was at the time, the most widely read magazine in the United States with 2,750,000 copies sent out per week (Bruccoli 15), and Fitzgerald published the majority of his short stories in the magazine. He had many major themes throughout his works, be it novel, novella, essay, or short story, each had at least one of his common themes. These are: the allure of wealth, aspiration, mutability and loss, the rich are different from the average person, love, death, the American myth of success, war, selfishness, and loneliness. Fitzgerald also has a style of writing that readers will immediately know to be his if they have read another of his works. His style is cheery, witty, lyrical, and colorful, which is a very easy to see aspect of his wrting, as well as a defining part of it. Not only does Fitzgerald have a unique style, but he puts himself into his stories. His most well-known short stories are “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz,” “Babylon Revisited,” and “Bernice Bobs Her Hair.” In all of these, he puts a semblance of his own life; be it with his wife, himself, or just the way the world is around him. “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz,” features Fitzgerald’s themes of wealth as well as selfishness are proposed. Not only are Fitzgerald’s usual themes present, but this story also parallels his life in a smaller sense. Both Fitzgerald and the main characters of ‘Diamond’ start out very well to-do. The Washington patriarch is introduced by Percy Washington to John Unger as “‘by far the richest man in the world’”... ... middle of paper ... ...omen who trimmed their hair did it for separate reasons. Bernice was being narcissistic, while Jo does it selflessly, for the society of women, not because she felt like it. In short, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s more prolific short stories paralleled his life, and the changing social structures of the world he lived in. “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” discusses the change in the air of women’s social standings. “Babylon Revisited” talks about Fitzgerald and his wife’s loss of child due to their incompetence for parental abilities, paralleling the situation of Charlie Wales. And “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz” shows how Fitzgerald was once very wealthy and lost it all, much like the main family of the story, the Washingtons. Conclusively, puts himself into his own writings in a sense that the readers can often glean a semblance of his life in the Twenties and Thirties.

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