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F. Scott Fitzgerald and Great Gatsby Anticipation Guide

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Transcript of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Great Gatsby Anticipation Guide

F. Scott Fitzgerald
1896 – 1940
Fitzgerald was born into an upper middle class family. He split his childhood between New York and Minnesota.
Fitzgerald attended three different preparatory schools before entering Princeton University in 1913.
Fitzgerald was a mediocre student at best and spent more time in the Princeton Triangle Club (a campus theatre group) than he spent on his studies.
During his senior year, Fitzgerald dropped out of school to avoid flunking out.
After dropping out, Fitzgerald enlisted in the United States Army after the United States entered World War I.
While in the army, Fitzgerald wrote the novel The Romantic Egoist. Though his writing was praised, the novel was rejected by publishers.
While stationed at Camp Sheridan in Montgomery, Alabama, Fitzgerald met Zelda Sayre (1900 – 1948).
Zelda was a member of Alabama society and the daughter of an Alabama Supreme Court judge.
Fitzgerald took a job working in advertising after the war and became engaged to Zelda.
However, feeling that he could not support himself and Zelda, he broke off the engagement.
Fitzgerald moved back to Minnesota to work on the rejected novel, The Romantic Egoist.
He adapted the novel to This Side of Paradise.
The novel was published later the same year and became one of the most popular novels of the year.
Fitzgerald became an instant celebrity, and he resumed his engagement with Zelda.
In 1921, Frances Scott “Scottie” Fitzgerald was born.
Fitzgerald is credited with creating the term “The Jazz Age.” He and Zelda would attend wild parties and spend time with many popular celebrities of the time.
Fitzgerald was part of the American literature movement known as Modernism.
Modernism lasted from 1914 – 1945, the period between WWI and WWII.
Modernists felt that, due to the war, America had lost its innocence; their literature was marked with the idea of living for the moment.
However, having a child did not slow down the extravagant lifestyle that Zelda and Fitzgerald shared.
Fitzgerald belonged to a group of authors known as the Expatriates. These were American artists who, disillusioned with the breakdown of the American dream, spent a considerable amount of time in Europe.
What is the American Dream?
Anticipation Guide
1. Would you marry for money?
2. Would you ever knowingly commit a crime?
Please note: This does not say "HAVE you ever knowingly committed a crime?" I don't need to know about your crazy shenanigans.
3. Is there a circumstance in which adultery should be allowed?
4. Are people with money happier than people without money?
5. Have you ever been misunderstood and been unable to correct the misunderstanding? Is it possible to correct misunderstandings?
6. Does the end justify the means (If the goal is really important, is it acceptable to do whatever it takes)?
7. Is it okay to watch others and mimic their behavior?
8. Should we conform to society’s rules just to feel accepted?
9. Can you ever recover from a bad first impression?
10. Do you think some social classes are better than others?
11. Does a college degree make you more socially accepted?
12. Is there a difference between a family that has been wealthy for generations and one which was poor until just recently (old money vs. new money)?
13. Does the location of your birth place/where you grew up determine how you are viewed by others?
1. Would you marry for money?
2. Would you ever knowingly commit a crime?
3. Is there a circumstance in which adultery should be allowed?
4. Are people with money happier than people without money?
5. Have you ever been misunderstood and been unable to correct the misunderstanding?
6. Does the end justify the means? (If the goal is really important, is it justifiable to do whatever
7. Is it OK to watch others and mimic their behavior?
8. Should we conform to society’s rules just to feel accepted?
9. Can you ever recover from a bad first impression
10. Do you think other social classes are better than you?
11. Does a college degree make you more socially accepted?
12. Is there a difference between a family that has been wealthy for generations and one which was poor until just recently (old money vs. new money)?
13. Does the location of your birth place determine how you are viewed by others?
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