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F. Scott Fitzgerald. “The Greaty Gatsby”. F. Scott Fitzgerald. Born September 24, 1896 named after ancestor, Francis Scott Key, who wrote “The Star Spangled Banner.” Intelligent, but did poorly in school; sent to boarding school, later enrolled at Princeton in 1913.

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f scott fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The Greaty Gatsby”

f scott fitzgerald1
F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Born September 24, 1896
  • named after ancestor, Francis Scott Key, who wrote “The Star Spangled Banner.”
  • Intelligent, but did poorly in school;

sent to boarding school, later enrolled

at Princeton in 1913.

  • Never graduating, Fitzgerald

enlisted in the army in 1917.

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Became a second lieutenant, stationed at Camp Sheridan in Montgomery, Alabama.

  • Met and fell in love with a

17 year-old girl, Zelda.

  • Zelda finally agreed to marry him, but made him wait until he could prove to be a success.
  • Published This Side of Paradise in 1920, and did so.
  • Published The Great Gatsby, his most famous novel, in 1925.
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The Roaring Twenties dissolved into the Great Depression

  • Zelda suffered a nervous breakdown
  • Fitzgerald turned to alcoholism
  • Published Tender is the Night in 1934
  • Sold short stories to TheSaturday Evening Post
  • Left for Hollywood in 1937 to write screenplays
  • While working on a novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, in 1940, Fitzgerald (age 44) suffered a heart attack and died.
the great gatsby setting
The Great Gatsby: Setting
  • Long Island’s North Shore and New York City from spring to autumn in 1922.
  • (fictional) West Egg and East Egg, Long Island. Next to Nick’s rental house is Gatsby’s mansion.
the great gatsby the roaring twenties
The Great Gatsby: The Roaring Twenties
  • A period of economic prosperity, also known as “The Jazz Age.”
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The “flapper”

The Charleston

Art Deco – linear symmetry

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Bootlegging

Prohibition

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Rise of the stock market

  • Decayed social and moral values
  • increase in the national wealth and newfound materialism
    • A person from any social background could, potentially, make a fortune
    • families with old wealth scorned the newly rich
themes
Themes
  • The Decline of the American Dream
    • originally about discovery, individualism, and the pursuit of happiness
    • easy money and relaxed social values have corrupted this dream
  • The Hollowness of the Upper Class
    • Newly rich greatly different from aristocracy (old money)