Lori Steinbach Certified Educator F. Scott Fitzgerald manages to define, praise, and condemn what is known as the American Dream in his most successful novel, The Great Gatsby. The novel is set inand it depicts the American Dream--and its demise--through the use of literary devices and symbols. One literary device he uses to depict the American Dream is motif; one motif is geography as represented by East and West Egg.
Early life and family background[ edit ] Zelda Sayre at 19, in dance costume Born in Montgomery, AlabamaZelda Sayre was the youngest of six children. The family was descended from early settlers of Long Islandwho had moved to Alabama before the Civil War.
Her great-uncle, John Tyler Morganserved six terms in the United States Senate ; her paternal grandfather edited a newspaper in Montgomery; and her maternal grandfather was Willis Benson Machenwho served a partial term as a U.
Newman Smith —Clothilde Sayre Mrs. John Palmer —and Lenora Sayrewho died of diphtheria at age two. As a child, Zelda Sayre was extremely active. She danced, took ballet lessons and enjoyed the outdoors.
She was bright, but uninterested in her lessons.
Her work in ballet continued into high school, where she had an active social life. She drank, smoked and spent much of her time with boys, and she remained a leader in the local youth social scene.
Why should all life be work, when we all can borrow? Scott Fitzgerald[ edit ] Main article: Scott Fitzgerald in Julywhen he had volunteered for the army, and was stationed at Camp Sheridan, outside Montgomery.
Scott began to call her daily, and came into Montgomery on his free days. He was so taken by Zelda that he redrafted the character of Rosalind Connage in This Side of Paradise to resemble her.
At the conclusion of This Side of Paradise, the soliloquy of the protagonist Amory Blaine in the cemetery, for example, is taken directly from her journal. There was allegedly discussion between the men of publishing it under the name of "The Diary of a Popular Girl".
In the ledger that he meticulously maintained throughout his life, Scott noted inon September 7, that he had fallen in love. Ultimately, she would do the same. Her biographer Nancy Milford wrote, "Scott had appealed to something in Zelda which no one before him had perceived: While he was there, the Armistice with Germany was signed.
He then returned to the base near Montgomery, and by December they were inseparable. Scott would later describe their behavior as "sexual recklessness. When he heard the novel had been accepted, Scott wrote to his editor Maxwell Perkinsurging an accelerated release: Zelda agreed to marry him once the book was published;  he, in turn, promised to bring her to New York with "all the iridescence of the beginning of the world.
They were ordered to leave both the Biltmore Hotel and the Commodore Hotel for their drunkenness. When Dorothy Parker first met them, Zelda and Scott were sitting atop a taxi.
Parker said, "They did both look as though they had just stepped out of the sun; their youth was striking. Everyone wanted to meet him. Publicly, this meant little more than napping when they arrived at parties, but privately it increasingly led to bitter fights.
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Scott Fitzgerald was quintessentially American. Learn about his upbringing, "The Great Gatsby," and his untimely death in this video. In the middle of the roaring ’s, author F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby, examining the fight for the American dream in the lives of his characters in New York.
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Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the main characters Tom and Gatsby are both similar and different in their attitudes and their status. A collection of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's scrapbooks of photographs and reviews was compiled by Bruccoli and F.
Scott and Zelda's daughter Frances "Scottie" Fitzgerald (as Scottie Fitzgerald Smith) in a book The Romantic Egoists ().
F. Scott Fitzgerald A Review of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” to the bone for a lot of people — it may have been that Fitzgerald, who was a bit of a socialite himself, was.