The Roaring Twenties By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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INTRODUCTION By the early 1920s, America had recovered from the devastating consequences of World War I and developed into a prominent nation. The Roaring Twenties were distinguished by a distinct breakage from the societal norms of the preceding generations. Originating in New Orleans, jazz music and dance became popular during this period and encompassed the social revolution that America was undergoing, which was apparent through the women’s rights movement, openness to sexuality, and bolder attire. Also at this time, new technology such as the telephone and the automobile became widespread. Having always desired to be a successful and desperate to earn enough money so that his love, Zelda Sayre, would marry him, Fitzgerald hurriedly…show more content…
This is shown in The Great Gatsby through Jay Gatsby himself and in Tender is the Night through Dick Diver. To some extent, Fitzgerald modeled both men after himself: They epitomize his yearning for wealth, fame, and self-indulgence.
FITZGERALD’S ANTAGONISTIC PERSONALITIES Fitzgerald’s background falls somewhere between those of Nick Carraway, The Great Gatsby’s narrator, and Jay Gatsby. It seems that Fitzgerald’s paternal lineage is the model for Gatsby, who came from a modest Midwestern family, while his mother’s lineage became the model for Nick Carraway, whose family was a member of the upper-middle class. After several failed business ventures by Fitzgerald’s father, the family came to rely on his mother’s inheritance for their well-being, leaving the young Fitzgerald uncertain of the social strata to which he belonged. This caused him to ponder whether he would live a life of magnificence or modesty. Through Carraway and Gatsby, we see the conflict that this created in Fitzgerald’s life. In some ways, he desired to earn wealth and fame by any means necessary as Gatsby did, but he also developed an indifferent and thoughtful persona like Carraway. This shows that Fitzgerald’s contrasting desires for material happiness in Gatsby and mental happiness in Carraway carried into his writing. In Arthur Mizener’s essay, “The Real Subject of The Great Gatsby,” he discusses his interpretation of The Great Gatsby. He states
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