Analysis Of F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Criticisms of society have been a commonality in literature, journalism, and writing since the dawn of the Ancient Egyptians. In the early twentieth century and late nineteenth century, muckraking rose to popularity for many journalists; muckrakers were investigative journalists whose goal was to inform the public about issues in society that needed to be heeded to but were ignored by politicians and the elite. Although F. Scott Fitzgerald was not a muckraker, his fictional writing had similar goals to those of muckrakers—Fitzgerald fleshed out the issues that society was ignoring and conforming to. He is known as a mouthpiece of the Lost Generation, the generation or group of people that grappled with World War I and the devastating emotional aftermath that it left the world with. Fitzgerald’s writing tackles topics from difficult relationships to the journey of self-discovery. In particular, Fitzgerald made sure to scratch the raw realities of society into as many books and short stories as he could. In the early 20th century, people were becoming fascinated with arising technology, new forms of fame, money, and materialism; Fitzgerald took note of this, and formed his own interpretations of the society in The Great Gatsby, This Side of Paradise, the Beautiful and the Damned, and numerous short stories. Through imagery, specific diction, dialogue, and allusions, Fitzgerald tackled the controversial topics of materialism, unhappy marriages and relationships, mental illness…
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