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Parallels between F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby

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Transcript of Parallels between F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby

Parallels between F. Scott Fitzgerald's life and The Great Gatsby
Characters
Many of the main characters in the novel The Great Gatsby are parallels to people who impacted Fitzgeralds life. He parallels himself in two of the main characters, Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway. He also potrays his wife, Zelda, as Daisy in the novel.
Alcohol
Both Jay Gatsby and Scott Fitzgerald have strong opinions of alcohol. Gatsby is an anti-alcoholic while Fitzgerald is the exact opposite. Fitzgerald dealt with the effects of alcohol first hand which was the basis to Gatsby's decision to refrain from drinking alcohol.
Ivy League University
The narrator, Nick Carraway, as well as Fitzgerald both attended Ivy League Universities. Nick attended Yale University and Fitzgerald attended Princeton University. While attending these universities both of them wrote for their school paper.
Corrupt Marriage
Tom and Daisy's marriage closely resembles the marriage of Scott and Zelda. In both relationships at least one of the spouses had an affair resulting in an empitness between them. Both of the couples tried to fill this void with copious amounts of money and materialistic things.
Drive to be successful
From a young age both Jay Gatsby and Scott Fitzgerald strive to become successful. Although Fitzgerald was not able to gain the fame and fortune he had always desired, he was able to live out his dreams through Gatsby.
Love Life
Both Gatsby and Fitzgerald devoted a great deal of their time towards trying to impress their true loves, Daisy and Zelda. Unlike Gatsby, however, Fitzgerald was able to accomplish his goal and married Zelda.
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