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The Great Gatsby
Transcript of The Great Gatsby
2."The Jazz Age"
4. American Dream
6. Personal opinions Nick Carraway Francis Scott Fitzgerald Born on September 24, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota
Enrolled at Princeton University but never graduated due to apathy and academic troubles
Joined the army during World War I but fell in love with Zelda Sayre - obsessed with wealth, leisure and fun, she delayed their wedding until Fitzgerald could prove a success
His first literary success - "This Side of Paradise" (1920) finally convinced her to marry him; "The Beautiful and Damned" (1922), the Great Gatsby (1925) and short stories ("The Curious Cas of Benjamin Button ) helped fund an extravagant and lavish lifestyle During the Great Depression Fitzgerald could no longer afford their lifestyle and this drove Zelda to insanity - fictionally described in "Tender is The Night" (1934)
F. Scott Fitzgerald died of heart attack in 1940, leaving his last novel "The Last Tycoon" unfinished Reception The Jazz Age Fitzgerald was the most famous chronicler of 1920s America, an era that he dubbed “the Jazz Age”
Written in 1925, The Great Gatsby is one of the greatest literary documents of this period, in which the American economy soared, bringing unprecedented levels of prosperity to the nation
Prohibition, the ban on alcohol (1919), made millionaires out of bootleggers, and an underground culture of revelry sprang up
The conservative values of the previous decade were replaced by money, opulence, and exuberance
Urestrained materialism set the tone of society, particularly in the large cities of the East
“The Great Gatsby” represents Fitzgerald’s attempt to confront his conflicting feelings about the Jazz Age Jay Gastby Daisy Buchanan Jordan Baker Tom Buchanan Myrtle Wilson George Wilson cousins affair affair Characters American Dream Plot "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And then one fine morning—
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." T.S. Eliot about "The Great Gastby": [I]t seems to me to be the first step that American fiction has taken since Henry James... Ernest Hemingway after reading "The Great Gatsby": "When I had finished the book, I knew that no matter what Scott did, nor how he behaved, I must know it was like a sickness and be of any help I could to him and try to be a good friend."