The Sensible Thing," by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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A Sensible Man with Sensible Writing "The Sensible Thing," by F. Scott Fitzgerald shares numerous characteristics with his other writings. Like many writers, his work was heavily influenced by his life. Published criticisms note similarities between attitudes of the Roaring Twenties. In order to interpret "The Sensible Thing," it is necessary to examine F. Scott Fitzgerald's life and work.

The materialistic, free-thinking ideas characterizing greatly influenced the writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Furthermore, his relationship with Zelda Sayer, like a roller coaster, went through many ups and downs, and this continued throughout his life. After "a courtship of a year and a half," (Bloom 83) Fitzgerald finally thought he made "the fortune
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The "vanities add insecurities" of man from Robert Murray Davis' view were often topics in Fitzgerald's works. Possessing too much or too little looks, money, and position" created situations bringing about the character's problems (Hall 6:167). In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby must overcome these factors in order to move on in life. As Marius Bewley believed, the American Dream, included wealth add happiness, and this was almost always a subject matter for Fitzgerald. "Scott Fitzgerald's novels have been based on a concept of class" (Bloom 23). He knew that money played a tremendous role in all areas of life, and he believes happiness cannot exist without money. Bewley, citing Fitzgerald's recognition that money burs the happiness of wealth, calls Fitzgerald the "first American writer to discover that such a thing as American class really existed" (24).

Throughout Fitzgerald's novels and short stories, a familiar theme appears which is using money and success to regain happiness or lost love. As Alfred Kazin notes, Fitzgerald's main characters repeatedly attempted to buy happiness. From The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby "merely wanted to buy back the happiness he had lost-Daisy, now the rich man's wife-when he had gone away to war" (Poupard 14"151). Always throwing parties, Gatsby continuously was "reaching out to make out of glamour what he had lost by cruelty of chance" (14:152). The
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