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"Great" As Displayed By Fitzgerald In The Great Gatsby

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Title: Such Great Heights—Aspirations and Determination Help Get Us There====================While the word “great” is defined to be large in size, quantity, number, or importance, F. Scott Fitzgerald defines how Gatsby was “great” in terms of American culture, his experience, and the culture of the 1920s. The A & E Biography called F. Scott Fitzgerald the "Great American Dreamer" of the jazz age. Why the Great American Dreamer? Even though he was held to high expectations, his determination to find his dreams allowed him to capture his dreams. Fitzgerald’s life experiences and tragedies helped him to create representations of his life in his novels. Coming from a family with little money, he strove to become of a higher social class by always going for the “golden girl”. Fitzgerald had relationships with two rich girls that held him to high expectations when it came to money. He asked Ginevra to marry him, but she replied that “poor boys don’t marry rich girls”. Another woman named Zelda would only marry Fitzgerald after the success of his first novel This Side of Paradise. Fitzgerald defines great as an undying motivation to never lose hope on dreams and aspirations, which will enable success in the end. This was displayed in his novel The Great Gatsby, his short story “Winter Dreams”, and his A & E Biography.Fitzgerald’s motivation to attain that “golden girl” was reflected by both Zelda and Ginevra, who were represented by Daisy from The Great Gatsby. All three were extravagant girls that desired to be with someone with wealth, and Fitzgerald would strive to become wealthy to attain that dream. In The Beautiful and Damned, Fitzgerald bases this on the dysfunctional relationship he had with Zelda. Fitzgerald not only continues to hope for more, but he becomes great with his ultimate desire.In Fitzgerald’s short story, “Winter Dreams”, the main character Dexter is of Fitzgerald’s image with his undying motivation to find his dream of being wealthy and find his golden girl. With aspirations of becoming a wealthy golf champion, he would hope to be noticed by a woman named Judy Jones. Judy Jones represents both Ginevra and Zelda in Fitzgerald’s life because of their desire to have a man rich man. When Fitzgerald writes, “[Dexter] wanted not association with glittering things and glittering people, he wanted the glittering things themselves” (220-221), his winter dreams of wealth had brought him to success through determination. In the end, Dexter’s ability to let go of lost dreams allowed him to move on to better things. If Dexter let these emotions get the best of him, it would be seen as a failure. Throughout “Winter Dreams”, Fitzgerald establishes this definition of greatness as a theme by striving to change for the better and being able to live with failure. However, Dexter has a time when he is unable to...

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