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Title: F. Scott Fitzgerald


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F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • 1896 1940

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Biography
  • Fitzgerald was named after his distant relative,
    Francis Scott Key.
  • Fitzgerald was born into an upper middle class
    family. He split his childhood between New York
    and Minnesota.
  • Fitzgerald attended three different preparatory
    schools before entering Princeton University in
    1913.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Biography
  • Fitzgerald was a mediocre student at best and
    spent more time in the Princeton Triangle Club (a
    campus theatre group) than he spent on his
    studies.
  • In his senior year Fitzgerald dropped out of
    school rather than flunk out.
  • Upon dropping out Fitzgerald enlisted in the
    United States Army after the United States
    entered World War I.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Biography
  • While in the army Fitzgerald wrote the novel The
    Romantic Egoist. Though his writing was praised
    the novel was rejected by publishers.
  • The war ended shortly after Fitzgeralds
    enlistment.

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Art Imitates Life
  • While stationed at Camp Sheridan (Montgomery,
    Alabama) Fitzgerald met Zelda Sayre (1900
    1948).
  • Zelda was a member of Alabama society and the
    daughter of an Alabama Supreme Court judge.
  • Fitzgerald took a job working in advertising
    after the war and became engaged to Zelda.
  • Feeling that he could not support the two Zelda
    broke off the engagement.

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Art Imitates Life
  • Fitzgerald moved back to Minnesota to work on
    rejected novel The Romantic Egoist.
  • He adapted the novel to This Side of Paradise.
  • The novel was published later the same year and
    became one of the most popular novels of the
    year.
  • Fitzgerald became an instant celebrity and
    resumed his engagement with Zelda.

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What is the American dream?
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Instant Celebrity
  • In 1921 Frances Scott Scottie Fitzgerald was
    born.
  • Having a child did not slow down the extravagant
    lifestyle that Zelda and Fitzgerald shared.
  • Fitzgerald is credited with creating the term
    The Jazz Age, he and Zelda would attend wild
    parties and spend time with many popular
    celebrities of the time.

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Modernists
  • Fitzgerald was part of the American literature
    movement known as Modernism.
  • Modernism lasted from 1914 1945, the period
    between the two world wars.
  • Modernists felt that due to the war America had
    lost its innocence, their literature was marked
    with the idea of living for the moment.

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Modernists
  • Modernist ideals coincided nicely with the
    roaring twenties.
  • Major Modernist authors include Ernest
    Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Zora Neale Hurston,
    T.S. Eliot and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • Fitzgerald belonged to a group of authors known
    as the Expatriates. These were American artists
    who disillusioned with the break down of the
    American dream spent a considerable amount of
    time in Europe.

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Would suddenly coming into a large amount of
money, such as winning the lottery, change your
life? How so (or why wouldnt it)?
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The Great Gatsby
  • The Great Gatsby is based partially on
    Fitzgeralds own life. Connections can be made
    between Fitzgerald and the title character of
    Gatsby as well as the narrator of the story.
  • The story takes place in 1922, during the roaring
    twenties.

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The Great Gatsby
  • Nick Carraway
  • Nick is the narrator of the story.
  • Though the story is told from Carraways point of
    view he attempts to be detached from what is
    happening, however he is part of the story.
  • This poses a question for the reader Can we
    totally trust Nicks account of the story?

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The Great Gatsby
  • Jay Gatsby
  • Gatsby is the main character of the story.
  • Little is known about Gatsby other than he throws
    extravagant parties and has accumulated a vast
    wealth.

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The Great Gatsby
  • Daisy Buchanan
  • Daisy is Nicks cousin (though a distant cousin).
  • Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan.
  • Daisy is the main female character in the story.

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The Great Gatsby
  • Daisy Buchanan
  • Daisy is Nicks cousin (though a distant cousin).
  • Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan.
  • Daisy is the main female character in the story.

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The Great Gatsby
  • Tom Buchanan
  • Tom is roughly the same age as Nick, the two went
    to college together.
  • Tom is a man of enormous wealth.

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The Great Gatsby
  • Myrtle Wilson
  • A woman considerably farther down the social
    ladder than main characters such as Tom or
    Gatbsy.
  • A woman who has dreams bigger than what she can
    actually attain.

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Colors
  • Money
  • Dreams / Other Worldliness
  • Death of Dreams
  • Greed / Wealth
  • Indulgence
  • Innocence

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Is it possible to get a second chance at life?
To change the past or past decisions? Why / Why
not?
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