The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

1166 WordsApr 11, 20175 Pages
The Reality in the Haze F. Scott Fitzgerald lived in a time that was characterized by an unbelievable lack of substance. After the tragedy and horrors of WWI, people were focused on anything that they could that would distract from the emptiness that had swallowed them. Tangible greed tied with extreme materialism left many, by the end of this time period, disenchanted. The usage of the literary theories of both Biographical and Historical lenses provide a unique interpretation of the Great Gatsby centered around context. Enabling one to see how the few real things and feelings of the world have been reflected in the Great Gatsby. The life and experiences of F. Scott Fitzgerald provide added analysis to the reading of The Great…show more content…
Just as Gatsby moved to New York and to accumulate massive wealth to impress Daisy Fay; Fitzgerald moved to New York to earn money to impress Zelda Sayre, the daughter of an Alabama State Judge. This journey for wealth in order to secure love is quite similar to that of Gatsby’s quest to win over Daisy. It is also important to note the shared feeling of being the odd man out. Fitzgerald grew up in a wealthy society, but was never quite a part of it completely, largely due to his father’s business failures. Wherever Fitzgerald went or moved to, he was never going to be rich enough to be with the crowd. Similarly, Gatsby also experienced this same phenomena. He reinvented himself and made an abundance of money, yet he was still never part of the in crowd. Whose greatest fear was being “Mr. Nobody from nowhere” (87.) Fitzgerald and Gatsby both shared the same fears and desires. The application of the biographical lense allows for the characters to be painted in a new light, showing the real people behind the glitz. History defines the twenties with one word; excess. The main characters (Gatsby, Tom, and Daisy) all pine for more and are warped by the live now think later ideology of the twenties. To Gatsby, the more something costs, the more valuable it is. This is evidenced by his affection for Daisy,” "Her voice is full of money," (96) Gatsby sees Daisy as something to gain to have. Daisy is more or less another manifestation of Gatsby’s
Open Document