Compare And Contrast The Great Gatsby And Winter Dreams

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F. Scott Fitzgerald was not only a writer but an alcoholic as well. He wrote his short story “Winter Dreams” while he was coming up with ideas for his novel The Great Gatsby. Both of these stories were written about new money versus old money, as well as kept the idea that humans want what they could have had. Ernest Hemingway wrote about these topics as well, putting his own life experiences into his writing. When he was hurt during WWI, he met a girl whom he planned to marry. Instead of him, she went for an Italian officer instead. She became the basis for the female in many of his stories, including “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”. The female in “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” is very caring and loving towards the main character, Harry. Harry, though, is dying of gangrene in his leg. He and his wife are stuck in the plains while he is dying. Their truck had broken down on their trip because the mechanic hadn’t done his job correctly. The more Helen tries to console Harry about their situation the more Harry puts her down. He thinks about all of his accomplishments in the past, wanting to accomplish his most desired task of writing about all of his admired adventures. He goes in and out of daydreaming these adventures, thinking how he’ll never write about them. As he dies, he looks and sees the tops of Mt. Kilimanjaro. They are perfect to him/ They symbolize what would be the perfect and outgoing life that Harry longed for/ Ernest Hemingway describes the tops of Mt.

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