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The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Transcript of The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Born: September 24, 1896 St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Alma Mater: Princeton University 1913
Enlisted in the US Army during WW1 but never served
Married Zelda Sayre around 1920
Fitzgerald and Zelda had one daughter, Scottie Fitzgerald
Died December 21, 1940 (age44) Hollywood, California, USA Writing Style Fitzgerald has a very complex, yet poetic writing style
"Her eyes appeared to regard him out of many thousand years: all emotion she might have felt, all words she might have uttered, would have seemed inadequate beside the adequacy of her silence, ineloquent against the eloquence of her beauty" (86)
He uses very descriptive language to portray images and ideas
"There was a growing lack of colour in Anthony's days" (45)
Uses many French words and expressions
The story is mostly told from a third-person point of view but occasionally switches to dialogue THESIS: MAIN POINTS: PLOT “You drink all the time, don’t you? ... You have something to drink everyday and you are only twenty-five. Haven’t you any ambition? Think of what you will be like at forty?” (Fitzgerald 73) Takes place in New York City in the early 1900s
Anthony is at a stand-still in life: he is lonely and depressed, he lives alone in a small apartment
He has no real income, he essentially waits for his grandfather to die so that he can inhierit his millions
Anthony is introduced to Gloria through his friend, Dick
After a couple dates, they fall in love, though their relationship is rocky at times
They get married and spend the year honey-mooning all across the United States
Then they buy a house in the country-side where they stay for two years: they live very lavishly and spend most of their money
They become bored with each other so they pass the time by having parties at their house and drinking
As they waste away their money, Anthony considers going to work. He tries to write but is rejected everytime. Because of his excessive drinking, he is unable to keep a steady job
Adam Patch dies and leaves his fortune to his butler; Anthony contests the will in court
Bloekman offers Gloria a job in the movies, Anthony joins the Army
Anthony struggles to adjust to life in the Army. He has an affair with a young Southern girl named Dot. All the while, he assumes Gloria is also being unfaithful
WWI ends just as Anthony is about to leave for France, he returns to New York to reunite with his wife after a year apart
Now, Anthony is heavily addicted to alcohol, has little money and has issolated himself from his friends. He and Gloria argue constantly as they come to the realization that they are poor
Gloria gets an audition for a movie but she is rejected for a "younger looking woman," she becomes distraught. Meanwhile, Anthony stuggles to find a job while they wait for the trial to close.
After one last alcoholic bender during which he spends the last of his money, Anthony lucks out and ends up winning the case against his uncle's butler. He inheirits $30 million.
The novel ends rather abruptly with Anthony (now bound to a wheel chair) thinking about all the "hardships" he had to endure. Just when people were telling him to conform and to get a job, he proved them wrong. He justifies his lifestyle on this notion that he was right. Anthony Patch is described as a handsom, but lonely, young man
His parents died when he was young, leaving him to grow up alone under the guardianship of his wealthy uncle, Adam Patch
He does not work; he lives off of the intrest that he collects from money he recieved from his uncle
He is often depressed and he drinks heavily
Anthony is Harvard educated but he assumes that he is heir to his uncle's vast fortune, this prevents him from really achieving any goals in life
"Anthony Patch with no record of achievement, without courage, without strength to be satisfied with truth when it was given him. Oh, he was a pretentious fool, making careers out of cocktails and meanwhile regretting, weakly and secretly, the collapse of an insufficient and wretched idealism. ... He was empty, it seemed, empty as an old bottle—" (47) Anthony Patch Gloria Gilbert Anthony Patch Gloria Gilbert Gloria is a beautiful young lady who is well-known for her beauty and for dating many men
She is very stuborn, strong-willed, confident and most of all, vain: these traits often clash with Anthony's own insecurities
Her biggest fear is aging and losing her beauty
"There was nothing, she had said, that she wanted, except to be young and beautiful for a long time, to be gay and happy, and to have money and love." (231) Other Characters Adam Patch - Rich uncle, a man of high morals and good ethics, prohibitionist
Maury Noble - Anthony's best friend from Harvard, described as "large, slender and imposing cat" (7), envied by Anthony
Richard "Dick" Caramel - author and friend, Gloria's cousin, constantly ridiculed by Anthony
Joseph Bloeckman - vice president of a movie company, very wealthy, he tries very hard to impress others but is humbled after being rejected by Gloria Book 1 Book 2 Book 3 BY About the author... Fitzgerald uses personal experiences and real events in history to comment on the modern social expectations of “the Jazz Age.” There are many personal similarities between Anthony Patch and Fitzgerald himself.
The true historic events that occur in the novel give it a autobiographical tone to the story.
The presence of alcohol is prodominate in the lives of both the character and the author. alcoholism similarities historic events In real life Fitzgerald attended Princeton in 1913 where he became known for his writing skills, most notably in playwrights and other school publications (Liukkonen). At sixteen he had lived almost entirely within himself, an inarticulate boy, thoroughly un-American, and politely bewildered by his contemporaries. The two preceding years had been spent in Europe with a private tutor, who persuaded him that Harvard was the thing; it would "open doors," it would be a tremendous tonic, it would give him innumerable self-sacrificing and devoted friends. So he went to Harvard... (7) He left his studies in 1917 because of his poor academic records, and took up a commission in the US Army during World War I. The war ended a short time after so he never saw action and did not go to France. (Liukkonen) When the regiment reached Camp Mills, Long Island, Anthony's single idea was to get into the city and see Gloria as soon as possible. It was now evident that an armistice would be signed within the week, but rumor had it that in any case troops would continue to be shipped to France until the last moment. Anthony was appalled at the notion of the long voyage, of a tedious debarkation at a French port, and of being kept abroad for a year, possibly, to replace the troops who had seen actual fighting. (297) Although it was a time of prohibition, there was no deficit of alcohol in the Fitzgerald household. He was increasingly turning to alcohol, sometimes becoming abusive. His alcoholism continually interfered with his life and work, and even required hospitalisation at times. ("F. Scott Fitzgerald.") fin If you knew you were going to inheirit millions of dollars at some point in your life, would you go to work?