F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

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Jay Gatsby and F. Scott Fitzgerald F. Scott Fitzgerald is an acclaimed American author, popularly recognized for his novel The Great Gatsby. In addition to his literary work, Fitzgerald is noted for his unstable personal life. Originally coming from a low-income background, he could not marry the woman that he first loved. Even when he met another woman, he had to acquire wealth to marry her; this drove him to publish his first novel. He married her shortly after. However, a couple years after, he turned to alcohol and his wife had a mental breakdown. Fitzgerald had to constantly work to pay for his wife’s medications. Not having close friends to whom he could express his life struggles, Fitzgerald conveyed his difficulties through his writing. In the novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald used the character Jay Gatsby to mirror his own life. Fitzgerald enrolled in the military for a short period of time, according to Matthew Bruccoli in “Some Sort of Epic Grandeur”. He writes, “...he enlisted in the army as a second lieutenant” (1). Likewise, Jay Gatsby decided to join the military for some time. Fitzgerald and Gatsby not only share similar job experiences, they also share corresponding backgrounds. F. Scott Fitzgerald, like Jay Gatsby, originates from a destitute environment. Fitzgerald’s family was excluded from elite society. Gatsby coincidentally grows up under similar circumstances. He was born and raised on a farm in North Dakota. F. Scott Fitzgerald writes in the The
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