Symbolism In 'Crazy Sunday' By F. Scott Fitzgerald Symbolism

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The Dark Side of Hollywood “Crazy Sunday” by F. Scott Fitzgerald was published in 1932. Fitzgerald is most known for his novels, in particular his novel The Great Gatsby. He is most known for his use of a lot of symbolism, his incorporation of events of his own life, and his common themes such as a poor boy falls in love with a rich girl and the American Dream. The autobiographical part of “Crazy Sunday” is how he moved to Hollywood, did some screenwriting, and once went to a big Hollywood party where he made fun of a movie producer. Fitzgerald mostly writes about the 1920’s and the Jazz Age. We see this in “Crazy Sunday” which is about a screenwriter named Joel trying to move up in the business. He meets a Hollywood couple who change…show more content…
He shows in the story that “Each Sunday shows the humiliation of a different main character” (Morris). Each Sunday is like a rebirth and significant things happens on Sundays. Fitzgerald shows this early in the story “It was Sunday—not a day, but a gap between two other days” (Fitzgerald) which he means that the days in-between go by quickly. The three major events like the first party, Miles’s plane crash, and Joel and Stella’s affair. Fitzgerald also uses places as symbols, like Hollywood. Fitzgerald makes it obvious even for his characters like Joel “He is beginning to realize that appearances in Hollywood often mask reality” (“Crazy Sunday”). In this Joel starts realizing that Hollywood is not all it is turned out to be and it is really a cover of what is behind it. Fitzgerald states in the story “The entire story emphasizes the artificial atmosphere of the Hollywood” (Fitzgerald). What Fitzgerald means is that people famous in Hollywood, like Stella and Miles, have many issues they hide…show more content…
He describes the experience as “He transforms personal events (including an inebriated, humiliating impromptu performance of his song ‘Dog’ at a tea party given by a famous Hollywood couple” (Bloom). A writer named Dwight Taylor went through this experience with Fitzgerald. “He and Fitzgerald were invited to a party given by Irving Thalberg and Norma Shearer. The only two writers invited, both were determined to keep Fitzgerald sober and not damage his already fragile reputation. Fitzgerald got drunk, insulted Robert Montgomery” (Eble 126). This is seen in the story “It is Sunday, and having been invited to a party Joel promises not to drink. After a few cocktails he asks Stella if he can entertain and as he performs and based it upon Mr. Dave Silverstein, an independent producer, but as he finished he had the sickening realization that he had made a fool of himself” (Fitzgerald). Fitzgerald always seems to use things from his own life and it gives him a personal connection with the
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