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Francis Scott Fitzgerald

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Transcript of Francis Scott Fitzgerald

Francis Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby
College Years
Early Childhood

Fitzgerald .
Mid-1930s, Fitzgerald had a breakdown and continually engaged in drinking more alcohol
Became a clinical alcoholic
Died due to heart attack in 1940
He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota.
His father's second job took them to upstate New York.
They constantly shifted between Syracuse and Buffalo for about ten years.
When Fitzgerald was twelve, they moved back to St. Paul.
He never graduated and instead joined the military where he accepted commission as a second lieutenant in the US army
Even though World War I ended before he could be shipped over Fitzgerald used his military experiences to write his novels
Parallels Between Gatsby and F. Scott Fitzgerald
Zelda's Sickness
College Life
He made friends with fellow literary figures Edmund Wilson and John Peale Bishop
He fell in love with Ginevra King and although their relationship ended Ginevra became a model for Fitzgerald's female characters like Daisy Buchanan in Gatsby
Fitzgerald became a alcoholic in college and was eventually put on academic probation for his drinking problem
Parallels Between Gatsby and F. Scott Fitzgerald
Both Fitzgerald and Gatsby fell madly for a woman in an irrational fashion
Gatsby loved Daisy from afar, though she did not love him back
Fitzgerald loved his wife Zelda, refusing to accept her severe mental illness
Both relationships were slightly unhealthy, as they both saw their loves too idealistically
Both Zelda and Daisy were from wealthy families
They both met their wives at army camp dances
Parallels Between Gatsby and F. Scott Fitzgerald
Both men sought more - more wealth, upward mobility, and higher social status
Coming from humble backgrounds, both Gatsby and Fitzgerald wanted to be better than their fathers
This high social status came with a price of being disdained as a result of rumors
The public opinion of Fitzgerald was that he is a drunk
Rumors swirled about Gatsby - they claimed that he was a murderer, a spy, or a bootlegger
Early Childhood
Military Involvement
Early Childhood
Attended prep schools in St. Paul and New Jersey
Transferred to Princeton University
Francis Scott Key
His father, Edward Fitzgerald, opened a wicker chair business that failed.
He then lost his job as a salesman.
The family lived off Mollie Fitzgerald's inheritance.
The elder Fitzgerald felt dissatisfied because he was unable to provide for his family himself.
Young Fitzgerald
Born September 24, 1986 to Edward and Mary "Mollie" Fitzgerald.
Named Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald after the author of the Star Spangled Banner.
Francis Scott Key was his second cousin three times removed.
Early Childhood
Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda threw lavish parties with a lot of alcohol and loud music
Gatsby threw legendary parties that were very loud as well
They both lived luxurious "new money" lifestyles
Francis and Zelda
Their marriage was seen as a romantic legend
Later had
several implications due to his alcoholism and Zelda's illness schizophrenia

Before, F. Scott Fitzgerald only drank alcohol for celebrations
Stress of their marriage contributed towards drinking due to
Zelda's artistic ambitions
Interest in ballet
Zelda's inability to handle responsibilities
Mentally and emotionally weak
Zelda suffered from
Long term mental disorder involving a breakdown between thought,emotion and behavior
Received nervous breakdowns
Remained a patient in mental hospitals during most of her adulthood
Fitzgerald engaged more and more in alcohol due to depression
Refused to give up interest in ballet
Ballet training was too stressful to handle
1930: Suffered her first mental collapse
Fun Fact
Fitzgerald wrote

Tender is the Night

in 1934 on the subject of Zelda's

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