Fitzgerald's Personality In The Great Gatsby

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It is no secret that life is a constant cycle of thunderstorms and rainbows. Undoubtedly so, both precipitate inspiration. Author Francis Scott Fitzgerald took the thunderstorms and rainbows of his life and splashed them onto paper. While he does this in many of his famous works, it is especially obvious in his 1925 work, The Great Gatsby. Perhaps the reason it has escaped the notice of the masses for so long is because it is not concentrated solely into a single character. Fitzgerald takes aspects of his life and splits them up among his three main male characters in The Great Gatsby: Nick Carraway, Jay Gatsby, and Tom Buchanan. Through Nick, Fitzgerald shares his upbringing and views of society. Like Nick, Fitzgerald came from a wealthy…show more content…
Much like Gatsby, during the young adult stage of his life, he was a quite poor man who had to create his own prosperity for himself. Amid these destitute years in both men 's’ lives, they fought in World War I and fell in love. For Fitzgerald, the lovely lady’s name was Zelda Sayre. She became his wife, his muse, and his inspiration for Daisy. Drawing from his personal story of meeting and charming Zelda, Fitzgerald formed Gatsby’s and Daisy’s story to match. In their youth, Zelda and Daisy were identical. Both grew up wealthy and needed a husband who could support their extraneously materialistic lifestyles. This is seen when Gatsby tells Nick of how he lost Daisy. “She wanted her life shaped now, immediately--and the decision must be made by some force--of love, of money, of unquestionable practicality--that was close at hand. That force took shape in the middle of spring with the arrival of Tom Buchanan” (Fitzgerald 151). Besides Fitzgerald getting the girl when Gatsby did not, this rings true in Fitzgerald’s life, too. Zelda refused to marry Fitzgerald until his first book, This Side of Paradise, had become a commercial success, and they could live according to the materialistic
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