Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald 1896 – 1940 • an American author of novels and short stories • Jazz Age • one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century • a member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s • themes of youth and promise along with despair and age
The Great Gatsby • published in 1925, • F. Scott Fitzergerald's greatest novel. • seminal work on the fallibility of the American dream • was not a great success during his lifetime, but became a smash hit after his death, especially after World War II.
Date of publication: 1925 Setting time: summer 1922 the spirit of the 1920s dreams of the future place: Long Island and New York City the decline of the American dream social classes
Major themes • Honesty • Decay • Gender Roles • Violence • Class • World War I
Metaphor Analysis • Gatsby's green light • Eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg • Gatsby's house