The Great Gatsby

Research the origin of the work and the era that produced it, and then demonstrate the influence the work has had since its inception. Include the following (but you are not limited to these):
· Author’s background as it relates to the work. Why did the author write the work· Similar literary works that predate this work and how they may have influenced it.
· Social and historical influences on the work.
· Controversies (if any) surrounding the work.
· The work’s influence on literature, society, and history.
Francis Scott Fitzgerald’s life is an example of both sides of the American Dream, the joys of young love, wealth and success, and the tragedies associated with success and failure. Named for another famous American, a distant cousin who authored the Star Spangled Banner, Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul Minnesota on September 24, 1896. The son of a wicker furniture salesman, Edward Fitzgerald, and an Irish immigrant with a lot of money Mary McQuillan, Fitzgerald grew up in a strict, strong Catholic family in an upper to middle class styled environment. Fitzgerald started writing at an early age, and expanded throughout the years. His high school newspaper published his detective stories, encouraging him to pursue writing more than academics. He dropped out of Princeton university where Fitzgerald continued his obsession and love for writing along. (Bruccoli)
At the age of 21, he submitted his first novel for publication and Charles Scribner’s Sons rejected it, but with words of encouragement. Beginning a pattern of constant revising that would characterize his writing style for the rest of his career. The U.S. army, stationed him near Montgomery, Alabama in 1918, where he met and fell in love with Zelda Sayre.
Three years into marriage, after the birth of their first and only child, Scottie, Fitzgerald completed his best-known work: “The Great Gatsby.” The extravagant living made possible by such…

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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is an iconic part of american literature. The book tells a beautiful tale of a love story between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, but what is the book really about? I believe that Fitzgerald wrote the book to portray the American Dream with a not so fairytale ending. The novel efficiently explains his thoughts on why he thinks the American Dream will never work out. I also believe that the book portrays how people are inhumane and dishonest to themselves when chasing after the American Dream and money.
Daisy Buchanan, one of the main characters portrays the American Dream perfectly. Shes the one that everyone wants, she has everything from her white mansion to her white dress and her fancy cars, shes the golden girl. She married into the rich family of her husband Tom Buchanan, but you have to question the morality behind the marriage. All throughout the book, Gatsby, the newly rich party boy from West Egg, does everything with the intention of reconnecting with the love of his life, Daisy. When they do, it seems as though Daisy and Gatsby are madly in love, while the marriage between her and Tom lacks faith and is slowly crumbling. So why hadn’t Daisy waited for Gatsby, why did she marry Tom if she truly loved someone else? She was chasing after the American Dream.
As Gatsby was away at war Tom proposed to Daisy, and Daisy, truly believing that Gatsby wasn’t coming back from the war, accepted, but not without writing to Gatsby to ask if he had other plans for her. He got the letter late as post wasn’t as fast back then and couldn’t get his response pleading for her to wait for him back in time to stop the wedding, Daisy was inconsolable, but why should she be if she was marrying someone she loved? Because Tom was the backup plan, the easy way. Tom had the money to give her everything and anything she wanted, Gatsby didn’t. I believe that Daisy truly loved Gatsby, but she loved the money and her reputation more. She…

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