F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

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For many celebrated authors, the meaning of their work comes from a collection of opinions and outlooks on life that the writer has accumulated throughout his or her life. In the case of F. Scott Fitzgerald, this statement could not be truer. In fact, much of Fitzgerald’s most famous work feature plots that closely parallel events from his life (Lathbury 10). For example, his novel This Side of Paradise includes a young man who is rejected by the love of his life on the grounds of his social status. Zelda similarly rejected Fitzgerald for his social status at first. In comparison, it is not surprising that Fitzgerald’s story The Great Gatsby takes place in the Jazz Age, which he lived through while writing the novel. Writing a story that takes place during his time was Fitzgerald’s way of telling his story as well as to make commentary on the world around him. This commentary was the product of Fitzgerald’s lifelong aspiration for greatness as well as the baggage he carried from World War I like other members of the lost generation had. Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby depicts his duplicitous mentality of celebrating, but criticizing the Jazz Age, an outlook resulting from his life and experiences in World War I. The Jazz Age took place at the end of World War I and marked a time of economic prosperity in America celebrated with expensive tastes, extravagant parties, and carefree living. By the point of the Jazz Age, the 1920’s, an increasing number of people had moved to
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