The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Camdon Green Mrs. Navarro English III 3 October 2014 From Party to Madness, And Everything In Between F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you”. “The good life” can quickly dwindle into loneliness and sorrow, as portrayed in his masterpiece of a novel The Great Gatsby. Main character Jay Gatsby is an exceptional example of this. As Gatsby wanders throughout the novel trying to impress his lost love, Daisy Buchanan, throwing lavish parties and buying her useless things, only to find himself heartbroken and, tragically, dead. Is it better to have loved and lost, or to have never loved at all? Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald had many influences in his career to inspire his works of fiction, some of which being: popular literature of his time, his years at Princeton University, Zelda Sayre, and alcohol, of course, as the same as many artist of this time. Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on September 24, 1896. His parents, Edward and Mary Fitzgerald, were as he referred to as “straight potato farm Irish”, and were not very wealthy people, yet, his father was a direct decedent of “Star Spangled Banner” composer, Francis Scott Key. Born into middle- class, Fitzgerald was put through private schools throughout grade school and attended the Newman School between the years 1911-1913. He proceeded to enroll at Princeton University that same year. In 1917, being on academic probation and sure he was unable
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