Addiction In The Great Gatsby

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Many authors who struggle with addiction use their writing as a way to express themselves through various characters. One prime example is F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author of The Great Gatsby, who reportedly “began drinking at a young age and it became such a common force in his life that alcoholics appear as central characters throughout his writing”. This connections with alcohol in Fitzgerald’s writing reflect the traits of an alcoholic author. Fitzgerald wrote a lot about alcohol and he may have used this to satisfy his alcoholic desires: “So drunk out on the gravel drive that Mrs. Ulysses Swett's automobile ran over his right hand” (Page 62). In this quote Fitzgerald portrays Ripley Snells as “so drunk”. Maybe Fitzgerald writes this to imagine himself drunk and to satisfy his alcoholic desires. Therefore, an authors addiction can influence their writing by mainly focusing on the aspects of their addiction. Addiction is a way for authors to express the life that…show more content…
A great example of addiction within authors is Stephen King. He had an addiction with Alcohol, Cocaine, Cigarettes, and Listerine. King shows his addiction by connecting one of his characters, Annie Wilkes, to cocaine: “Misery is a book about cocaine. Annie Wilkes is cocaine. She was my number-one fan”. King said this in his interview with Rolling Stones. This connection shows how addicted he was to drugs. Another example of his extreme addiction is when David Leafe said, “He now worried that he might be unable to write without being drunk”. This example shows how bad his addiction was to the point he believed he wouldn’t be able to write without being drunk. Within these examples, one can notice the control alcohol had over King, quite similar to the control alcohol had on Fitzgerald. In conclusion, authors with addiction use their writing as a way to reveal their addiction, perhaps as a cry for

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