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The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sarah Applegate

on 7 July 2015

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald
Love Life
Fell in love with Ginerva King, but she was different social class
Some say this first unrequited love is the model for Daisy
Married Zelda Sayre, daughter of a wealthy family
Whirlwind romance and love of his life
Refused to marry Fitzgerald until he could support her financially
She broke off their engagement, but they were married in 1920 after success of first novel, This Side of Paradise
Upper middle class family had social aspirations
Attended Princeton*
Enlisted in Army
Lived extravagant lifestyle of the Roaring Twenties
Daughter named Frances "Scottie"
Moved to France in 1924 - expatriates with Hemingway and Stein
*Social life prevented graduation
1925 = The Great Gatsby = the "great American novel"
Tragic love story, mystery, social commentary on American life
The Great Gatsby
Tragic Ending
Zelda suffers nervous breakdown, diagnosed as schizophrenic, spends rest of life in institutions, and dies in asylum fire
Fitzgerald dies of a heart attack in girlfriend's home while eating a candy bar and listening to Beethoven
Journal January 22, 2015
Topic: The Roaring 20s

Brainstorm everything you know about the 1920s. Don't stop writing until the timer sounds.

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