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The Great Gatsby; This Side of Paradise; Tender is the Night
Short Stories for Newspapers (~160)
"The Saturday Evening Post"
"Bernice Bobs Her Hair"
World War I
Ambition & Aspiration
Fitzgerald's Contribution to American Literature
Francis Scott Fitzgerald is considered by many to be the greatest writer of the Jazz Age. His brainchild, The Great Gatsby, is an insight into American culture and human nature. Fitzgerald articulates ideas of class conflict, ambition, the American Dream, and gilded beauty in his works.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Life in the
• “Americans looked back at the 1920s as an age of breaking with the past, and of a clash between an older “Victorian” or “Puritan” generation and a young, 20th-century generation” (Carlisle).
• “…young men and women turned away from political parties to cocktail parties, away from reformers to performers, and away from social causes to socializing” (Carlisle)
Technology and Electricity
• Technology continued to shape the way people lived their lives. It was more common to have
electric washing machines, electric vacuum cleaners, and hot water heaters.
The radio was becoming more and more popular and store bought clothes were becoming “cheaper and more available”
• Production of the
was starting to influence daily life as well.
• Because technology made work more efficient, there was time left over for
“leisure and play”.
CASH MONEY & The Government
• “Caught up in the swirl of apparent easy money, thousands invested savings in stocks and bonds or in Florida real estate, often buying lots sight unseen.” (Carlisle)
• Law abiding citizens would find themselves breaking the law because of prohibition and the government lost traction on regulating their programs
into the Great Fitzgerald
“The history of my life is the history of the struggle between an overwhelming urge to write and a combination of circumstances bent on keeping me from it,” Fitzgerald.
Born September 23, 1896 in St. Paul Minnesota to a genteel furniture manufacturer and later to be grocery salesman father and a well-off mother.
Journal entries show that Fitzgerald had a relatively
unhappy teen life
and because of poor school performance and unlikely to graduate, he joined the army in 1917.
In June 1918, he was assigned to “Camp Sheridan near Montgomery Alabama where he fell in love with celebrated belle, 18 year old, Zelda Sayre”(Tate). He had a
hard time getting stories published
and this was
leading to hesitation from Zelda concerning marriage
Fitzgerald’s disillusionment with Zelda after her involvement with a French naval aviator and his lost certainty of her love influenced
The Great Gatsby
and it was published on April 10, 1925.
His first novel, This Side of Paradise, made him famous almost overnight and this is what started his lavish lifestyle. He was determined to be known as a literary master but his
seemed to impede on this goal.
Due to his declining health because of his alcoholism, he
at the age of 44 on December 21, 1940. The cause of his death has been accepted to be a
The Great Gatsby
Nick Carraway, from Minnesota, moves to New York in summer 1922 to learn about the bond business.
Rents house in West Egg, Long Island, next to mysterious Mr. Gatsby.
Nick goes to East Egg to visit Tom and Daisy Buchanan,and begins a romance with Jordan Baker (who tells him about Myrtle, Tom's lover).
Nick eventually receives an invite to one of Gatsby’s great parties, where he meets Jordan, and eventually Mr. Gatsby.
Gatsby (who has been in love with Daisy) gets Nick to have Daisy over for tea, and they rekindle their love despite an awkward reunion.
Tom, sensing the affair, reveals dismisses Daisy with Gatsby, ultimately leading to the death of Myrtle.
Tom tells Myrtle's husband, George, that Gatsby killed her.
George figures Gatsby was her lover, and proceeds to kill her and commit suicide.
The Curious Case Benjamin Button
Story set in 1860; narrator telling an “astonishing history.”
Roger Button, successful businessman, has a 70 year old “baby,” named Benjamin Button.
Benjamin gets younger as everyone else ages; parents try to get him to act like a baby even though he has a mature mind.
At age 50 (20 years alive), he meets and falls in love with beautiful Hildegarde Moncrief, who is attracted to older men.
Both marry, birth son Roscoe.
Benjamin loses interest in his wife because she ages as he gets younger.
Goes off to Spanish-American war, returns as almost Roscoe’s age mate. Roscoe is not thrilled by this.
When he looks 18, enrolls at Harvard, graduates as a teenager rearing to attend prep school, much to Roscoe’s chagrin.
Roscoe has a son, Benjamin eventually gets as young as Roscoe’s son, and they both play together.
Benjamin becomes young enough for kindergarten, then too young for that, then forgets all about his adult life, only responding to colors and the smell of milk.
Eventually, he gets smaller and smaller, and loses all sensation as his world fades away into darkness.
Bernice Bobs Her Hair
It’s summertime, the cool kids are back from school, ready to have a good summer.
Marjorie Harvey, one of the more popular girls, has her cousin, Bernice, visiting for a month.
Bernice is socially awkward; mostly talks about the weather.
Bernice does not understand that she is very boring, or why guys are not interested in her, despite coming from a wealthy and socially active family.
Receives a hint of an explanation when she overhears Marjorie complaining to her mom that Bernice is just boring, describing her as “absolutely hopeless.”
Bernice confronts Marjorie the next morning, leading to a huge fight.
Bernice surprisingly decides to let Marjorie teach her how to be popular.
By the next week, Bernice is ready for the spotlight and audaciously announces plans to bob her hair.
Popularity for Bernice is almost instantaneous; all is well for a few days.
Bernice’s popularity eventually makes Marjorie jealous, especially when her suitor, Warren McIntyre, switches his focus to Bernice.
Marjorie spreads word that Bernice never intended to bob her hair.
As a result of the embarrassment, she agrees, disastrously, to cut her hair in front of her newfound friends.
So ended her brief stint in the limelight.
She decides to flee, but not before cutting off some of Marjorie’s lovely braids, and dumping them on Warren McIntyre’s porch.
Attention to Color
Independent, Modern American Woman
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