Born: September 24, 1896 - St. Paul, Minnesota Died: December 21, 1940 - Hollywood, California
Excerpt from The Great Gatsby
hey were careless people, Tom and Daisy- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made."
the reader a glimpse into the SOCIAL STRUCTURE
of the elite, money class of that time. The book also covers the death of the AMERICAN DREAM as Gatsby gains his money through illegal activities instead of earning it righteously as the American Dream dictates.
Teaching Topics in Language Arts
Fitzgerald felt that the American character was defined by the THEME of ambition and commonly used it in his works. The Great Gatsby seems to tackle
What Ivy League School did F. Scott Fitzgerald attend until he joined the army in 1917?
MORALS and how their presence or absence affect life. The Great Gatsby is well known for its SYMBOLISM including the green light and the eyes of T. J. Eckleburg. The Great Gatsby has also been dubbed "THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL". Fitzgerald CHARACTERIZES the careless attitude of the elite during the 1920's through his cast of faulty characters.
Facts About F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald's full name was Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald. He was named after his second cousin three times removed who was also the author of the United States' National Anthem
The Great Gatsby was written in the summer of 1924 when Fitzgerald was in France
His wife, Zelda Sayre was the daughter of an Alabama Supreme Court judge
F. Scott Fitzgerald worked for a very short time on Gone with the Wind
Fitzgerald's most famous work was The Great Gatsby even though he made most of his income from magazine articles and stories