The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“Sometimes I don’t know whether Zelda and I are real or whether we are characters in one of my novels.” Writers find inspiration wherever they can. Many, like F. Scott Fitzgerald, find inspiration in aspects of their own lives. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s works were particularly influenced by the events that took place in his marriage with Zelda Fitzgerald; from the beginning of his marriage, through the hardships the couple faced, and towards the end of their short lives, his writings illustrate the journey through their unique relationship. Fitzgerald’s professional writing career did not officially begin until Zelda became a part of his life. While in the army, Fitzgerald spent most of his time writing his first novel, The Romantic Egoist, which was a representation of “postwar disillusionment of the generation”, telling of a young man that could be said is Fitzgerald himself during his undergraduate years in college (Oxford). While stationed at Camp Sheridan near Montgomery, Alabama, in the summer of 1918, he met Zelda Sayre at a country club and was captivated by her. (Rompalske). Upon release from the army, Fitzgerald proposed to Sayre, however, she declined until he was able to prove to her that he could support her and a future family. Postponing the release of his novel, he began to write and sell short stories because he knew Sayre would not wait (Rompalske). However, this was not enough for Sayre or himself; he knew in order to win her over, he needed to write a
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