The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Scott Fitzgerald is mostly known for his images of young, rich, immoral individuals pursuing the American Dream of the 1920’s (Mangum). This image is best portrayed in his greatest novel, The Great Gatsby, alongside his principal themes, “lost hope, the corruption of innocence by money, and the impossibility of recapturing the past” (Witkoski). Fitzgerald was identified as a modern period writer because his themes and topics were inconsistent with traditional writing (Rahn).
The modern period is known for its unanticipated disruptions, main concern with inner self and consciousness, and decline and an increasing isolation of the individual. The Lost Generation writers used these frameworks while living overseas to follow their artistic desires. Some writers known to this group were Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. “The term itself refers to the spiritual and existential hangover left by four years of unimaginably destructive warfare.” (Rahn). The Lost Generation authors wrote to find importance in a world full of disorder. “The Lost Generation, like other ‘High Modernists,’ gave up on the idea that anything was truly knowable. All truth became relative, conditional and in flux” (Rahn). Following along with the trend of going abroad and leaving America, Fitzgerald traveled to France where he went on to write his most famous work, The Great Gatsby. The novel was later revised in Rome, and during its publishing Fitzgerald was spending time in Paris…
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