F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald said it best when he stated, “That is part of the beauty of literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” That’s the great thing about literature; it allows people to feel like part of something. And some of the best literature has come from America and authors like Fitzgerald. F. Scott Fitzgerald was born September 24, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota to his parents Edward and Mollie Fitzgerald. He came from a background of American royalty on his father’s side, receiving his name from a distant second cousin, Francis Scott Key. His mother held no valuable genealogy, coming from peasant Irish roots. After many attempts to start a family,…show more content…
After dropping out of Princeton as a Junior, Fitzgerald found himself as a second lieutenant in the United States Military. When he was stationed in Montgomery, Alabama, he met the love of his life, Zelda Sayre. When he was discharged from the military, after seeing no battles, he set out to marry Zelda in the spring of 1920 in New York (Donaldson). Some say the love was as passionate and toxic to that of Romeo and Juliet, both being clinical alcoholics. This love gave birth to Francis Scott Fitzgerald, or “Scottie” (Donaldson).
Fitzgerald’s most popular novel, by far, was The Great Gatsby. A story about a man who would go to whatever lengths it takes to win back a teenage sweetheart; even if that means becoming rich and powerful and killing another woman. “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” is also among one of his most known works, perhaps because we still see similar incidents in today’s society. Majorie helps her burden of a cousin, Bernice, to become popular with the young men of the city; when Bernice steals the attention of Majorie’s suitor, Warren, she makes Bernice live up to her fib of bobbing her hair; however, when the bob ruins Bernice’s popularity, she incites revenge by chopping off Majorie’s braids and tossing them onto Warren’s porch before skipping town. Also among the top titles for Fitzgerald is “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz”,
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