Did Francis Scott Fitzgerald Symbolize In The Great Gatsby

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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Fitzgerald’s namesake was, his second cousin three times removed on his father's side, Francis Scott Key the lyricist for the "Star-Spangled Banner.” Mary McQuillan, Fitzgerald’s mother, was from an Irish-Catholic family that was successful in Minnesota as wholesale grocers. On the other hand, Fitzgerald’s father Edward Fitzgerald owned a wicker furniture business ended up failing. As a result, Edward Fitzgerald acquired a job as a salesman for the current multibillion dollar company Procter & Gamble. This job took the Fitzgerald family back and forth between Buffalo, New York and Syracuse, New York. Unfortunately, Edward Fitzgerald lost this job and the family …show more content…

There Fitzgerald played on the 1912 Newman football team and where he met Father Sigourney Fay who encouraged him to pursue his literary ambitions. After graduating from the Newman School in 1913, Fitzgerald decided to stay in New Jersey to attend Princeton University where he hoped to develop his literary craft. At Princeton, he devoted himself to perfect his craft as a writer this devotion to writing came at the expense of neglecting his coursework. For this reason he was place in academic probation, and in 1917 he dropped out of Princeton to join the Unites States Army. As to why he joined the U.S. Army when he aspired to be a writer is mystery. Fitzgerald later on did hastily write a novel called The Romantic Egotist when he realized he might die in World War I. Fitzgerald’s novel was rejected by the publisher Charles Scribner’s Sons, but the reviewer did note the originality and encouraged Fitzgerald to submit more work in the future. During his time in the U.S. Army Fitzgerald was appointed a second lieutenant in the infantry, he was also assigned to Camp Sheridan which was just outside of Montgomery, Alabama while in Alabama Fitzgerald met Zelda Sayre at a country

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