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A mirror of sorts, art is often a reflection of how an artist sees life or wishes to see life. In the introduction to The Far Side of Paradise: A Biography of F.
Carraway and Fitzgerald were Minnesota-bred sons of well-to-do families, Ivy League-educated Midwesterners who ventured east after World War I for opportunities in the bond business and writing, respectively. In his literary study titled The Art of F.
Carraway opens his narration of The Great Gatsby with the advice his father had imparted to him: Likewise, Fitzgerald was reared with the notions of honor and humility. The story is seen through the eyes of Carraway, who views the newly rich inhabitants of West Egg and the old money residents of East Egg with awe, intrigue, pity and disgust.
In much the same way, Fitzgerald never knew whom he would encounter in his social circle of movers and shakers and was reluctant to judge them. The world of Ivy Leaguers and self-made businessmen and the vestiges of money and culture were sometimes populated by people with shady pasts who built their newfound wealth in less than upright ways.
Subsequently, Fitzgerald, whose collegiate career was marked by exclusion from certain sports and clubs, felt simultaneously a part of, as well as apart from, distinguished society. Like Fitzgerald, Carraway lived internally, reflecting deeply on life as he lived it and fighting to resolve his inner conflict with his surroundings.
Both were watchers of life who, at once, aspired to reach great heights but also were hesitant to take the falls of the morally dishonest examples that they witnessed. As the conflicted narrator, Carraway states his dual advantage and dilemma.
In The Great Gatsby, the tragic account of the title character, Jay Gatsby, also reflects the personal experiences of author F. Gatsby and Fitzgerald were romantics who embarked on love affairs during military service, made new money early in life and hosted wild parties to impress the women they loved.
Gatsby and Fitzgerald succumbed to the decadent lifestyle, eventually losing themselves in the affection they had for their lovers, Daisy Buchanan and Zelda Sayre, respectively. In the novel, the poor North Dakota farm boy, who was born James Gatz, fabricated the greatness of the great Gatsby. Similarly, Fitzgerald also gave into egocentrism and extravagance.
In The Far Side of Paradise: In contrast to Nick Carraway, Gatsby lived externally, struggling to draw joy from things outside himself, such as the physical representations of his materialism and the people who are drawn to him for his riches.
People who do interesting things. Like Gatsby, Fitzgerald believed a man was judged by the company he kept and felt the need to fit into elite circles via association. Such clubs provided a social grading system.
Yet, like the fictional Daisy, Zelda did not commit as easily. The desperate need to amass a fortune to win the affections of a woman made both Gatsby and Fitzgerald hunt down success like hungry animals. Fitzgerald peddled his writing to advertising and magazine projects, while Gatsby profited by dabbling in organized crime.
They have unequal success in winning over the loves of their lives. In The Art of F. On the other hand, Fitzgerald actually wins his woman and they bond in their untamed social escapades. The sad lesson of the lives of the author and the character he created is that the need to dream dies when overindulgence overtakes a person and he receives everything he desires.
Life was not perfect for Fitzgerald after he had achieved his dream of a newly successful career and marriage. Gatsby wants the past that he and Daisy shared, but the new Daisy cannot give it to him. Ironically, Gatsby and Fitzgerald both led farfetched lives that ended in tragic deaths.
When The Great Gatsby was published, commercially it was a failure but critically it was a success. It is still the most admired and well read of all Scott Fitzgerald's novels and it is considered a . The Great Gatsby is a novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West and East Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of In The Great Gatsby, the tragic account of the title character, Jay Gatsby, also reflects the personal experiences of author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Gatsby and Fitzgerald were romantics who embarked on love affairs during military service, made new money early in life and hosted wild parties to impress the women they loved.
Fitzgerald had his own longings for the past. After battling with bad press, drinking spells and deteriorating health, Fitzgerald died of a heart attack in Hollywood. Post-war blues were drowned in the alcohol that Constitutional Prohibition could not stop. Achievement and success fed relaxed morals, earning people the money they needed to set aside their stuffy standards and buy a rollicking good time.
According to the story of the great Gatsby, underhanded deeds could buy the extravagant lifestyle of the fashionable East Egg for those who lived in the less fashionable West Egg—a notion that did not sit well with those who came from a long line of wealth.
Subsequently, the social codes of the s condoned exclusion and looking down on others.The Great Gatsby (), the novel for which Fitzgerald has become most well known, met only limited success upon its publication.
In the years since, it has gone on to become nearly synonymous with Fitzgerald and life in the Roaring '20s. The Great Gatsby is swaddled in Fitzgerald's simultaneous embrace of and disdain for s luxury. Since Fitzgerald did indeed partake in the Jazz Age's decadent high life, it's not surprising that the details of the setting and characters make The Great Gatsby a sort of time capsule of the s.
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May 14, · F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous American novel, The Great Gatsby was a lyrical portrait of the Roaring Twenties including the prohibition leslutinsduphoenix.comgs: 1. In The Great Gatsby, the tragic account of the title character, Jay Gatsby, also reflects the personal experiences of author F.
Scott Fitzgerald. Gatsby and Fitzgerald were romantics who embarked on love affairs during military service, made new money early in life and hosted wild parties to impress the women they loved. In The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald, known for his imagistic and poetic prose, holds a mirror up to the society of which he was a part.
The initial success of the book was limited, although in the more than 75 years since it has come to be regarded as a classic piece of American short fiction.