The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby – RRS

Title: The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Publication Date: 1925
Nationality: American

Author’s Birth/Death Date: September 24, 1896 –December 21, 1940

Distinguishing Traits of Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald was an alcoholic, but a serious writer and hard worker. His own personal experiences might have influenced his writings, including Fitzgerald’s participation in World War I, his move to New York, and his pursuance of a lucrative career to win a woman’s heart. Throughout his life, Fitzgerald observed the effects of love and greed, as seen in both The Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, and The Beautiful and the Damned. Fitzgerald is also known as one of the greatest satirists of the culture of wealth that appeared in the 1920s.

Setting: The setting takes place during the summer of 1922 on Long Island Sound, the Valley of Ashes, and New York City. On Long Island sits a “pair of enormous eggs, identical in contour and separated only by a courtesy bay” (9). West Egg was the “less fashionable of the two” and the location of both Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby’s homes (9). On the other side of the bay, “the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water” (10). Whereas West Egg was home to those from the Mid-west, such as Nick and Gatsby, East Egg had American aristocrats who thrived on their wealth. The Valley of Ashes, in between West Egg and New York, was located where “the motor-road hastily joins the railroad and
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