Ever since he was a young child, F. Scott Fitzgerald wanted to be a writer. He wanted to leave behind a great legacy, and found that one way to do this was through writing. While he was writing his first novel, Fitzgerald met a woman named Zelda Sayre, and he fell in love with her. Because she had high standards, she wasn't too impressed with Scott. From there, he became determined to publish his book. Before he did this, he proposed to Zelda, but she refused. Since Fitzgerald was so madly in love, he rewrote the novel and called it This Side of Paradise. Once the book was published, then she accepted his proposal. The funny thing was that he had written the two of them straight into the story. The two main characters, who fall in love, were obviously based on them. In the documentary, Sincerely, F. Scott Fitzgerald by Jay McInerney, a man who was interested in creating a movie adaption of the book asked Scott and Zelda to star in it (McInerney).Thi...
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...e this book, the only description of Gatsby is his smile. “It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it that you may come across four or five times in life” (Fitzgerald 52). In McInerney's documentary, he said that whenever Fitzgerald looked into the mirror, he saw Gatsby. He was certainly not kidding. Gatsby is Fitzgerald, and Daisy is Zelda. The similarities between these people and characters are hardly a coincidence.
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