How Does Fitzgerald Present His Life In The Great Gatsby

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People tend to leave a little of themselves in everything they do, it’s called passion. This passion makes all the noteworthy accolades of authors even more inspiring. In “The Great Gatsby” Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald draws parallels of his life through his characters and setting. Fitzgerald’s life contained struggling relationships, alcoholism, and fame, which is all reflected through his character, Jay Gatsby. Marriage for Fitzgerald was a challenging goal to obtain, as is Gatsby’s goal to wed Daisy. “Unwilling to wait while Fitzgerald succeeded in the advertisement business and unwilling to live on his small salary, Zelda Sayre broke their engagement.” ("F.Scott Fitzgerald Centenary."). Just like Daisy, Zelda refused to marry Fitzgerald without the proper finance. Although, Gatsby’s earnings were not legal, he still has to work just as hard as Fitzgerald for the love of his life. Having a party every…show more content…
“During this time his drinking increased. He was an alcoholic, but he wrote sober.” ("F.Scott Fitzgerald Centenary."). which is highly relatable to Gatsby’s non-drinking habit at his parties. “It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard drinking people.” I guess you could say he was at work when he threw his parties, because his long-term goal was Daisy. However, Gatsby’s non-drinking lifestyle is completely opposite from Fitzgerald’s rarely being sober, alcohol did play a huge factor in Gatsby’s overall life and it is no surprise that Fitzgerald would imply it in Gatsby. During Fitzgerald’s drinking years, the time period for the U.S. was going through prohibition. Seemingly enough, that is Gatsby’s profession, a boot-legger. Illegal consumption of alcohol was a growing business during this time, especially since it marks as on of the biggest partying times in U.S. history. It is clear that alcohol played an important factor in Fitzgerald’s life, and it is shown through
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