F Scott Fitzgerald's Influence On The Great Gatsby

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The roaring twenties is a time of change in American history, one in which is clearly reflected in the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The 1920s is specifically characterized by growth in the stock market, increase in millionaires, music diversity, specifically with a focus in Jazz and social class segregation. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life experiences are clearly reflected in The Great Gatsby with specific connections to the protagonist James Gatz. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was influenced specifically by the author’s personal relationships, life experience during the current period and cultural dispositions. F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota where he attended St. Paul Academy where he got his …show more content…

Scott Fitzgerald really used his life experiences to help inspire his writing. In The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald portrays himself and his experiences in each character especially Jay Gatsby and Nick Caraway. Both F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jay Gatsby where driven by the success they wanted wether it was Fitzgerald wanting to be a famous novelist or Gatsby wanting to get the girl of his dreams, they both where striving to succeed. he also portrayed personal aspects of his life in the book. When Fitzgerald was a young boy his family weren't all that rich like Gatsby who was poor when he was a young boy. As he goes on there’s many things that resemble Fitzgerald and how he put the better version of himself into the writing of The Great Gatsby similarly Nick, who Fitzgerald thought of has a better version of himself a man who was loyal to his morales and could say no to a drink. In the novel, Gatsby was considered a war hero who was ranked major and was decorated for valor for his participation in the Marne and the Argonne battle but for Fitzgerald who also joined the military, he thought of himself as a war hero but missed his opportunity to be deployed in France. Also Similarly to Gatsby, Fitzgerald moved away to New York soon after leaving the military. While Fitzgerald was in New York he experienced many fabulous and lively parties which help inspire his writing for The Great …show more content…

Fitzgerald chases after wealth in order to win over his golden girl Zelda just as Gatsby had sought out wealth in order to win over Daisy. In the novel none of the characters had healthy or truly happy relationships regardless of how rich they were, this exemplifies the idea that neither money nor the lack of money can bring you happiness in a relationship. Fitzgerald worked so hard in order become wealthy in order to marry Zelda and be happy but as his severe alcoholism and depression proves, his wealth did not bring him this. His character Gatsby goes through similar struggles when seeking after Daisy and also learns that wealth can not bring happiness and

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