The Author's Life In The Great Gatsby

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In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, it is obvious that Fitzgerald patterned the novel after his life. There are many similarities between the people, events, and experiences in Fitzgerald's life that mirror those in the book. Characters such as Daisy, Gatsby, and Nick closely resemble people such as Zelda and Fitzgerald himself. Events which Fitzgerald himself experienced such as going to war, moving to the East, and gaining vast riches are also very similar to events that Fitzgerald would include in The Great Gatsby. Experiences such as heartbreak, poverty, and depression are also those which would stem from Fitzgerald’s life and later be incorporated into his novel The Great Gatsby.
The inspiration for many characters in The Great Gatsby was originally drawn from people within F. Scott Fitzgerald's life. The character of Daisy in the Great Gatsby is very similar to that of Zelda; Fitzgerald’s dream woman. Exactly like Zelda who was “the golden girl’ and the daughter of a supreme court justice, Daisy was also of that same distinct upper class and was “the golden girl” of Gatsby’s dreams. Just as Fitzgerald was unable to be with Zelda at first, neither will Gatsby be able to be with Daisy at some point. Also just as Zelda was very attracted to money, fame , and the fast life; so will Daisy be attracted to all these things. In fact, Zelda refused to marry Fitzgerald until he could guarantee himself a job with higher income, luxuries, etc. Similarly, Gatsby couldn’t be with Daisy after he had returned from war because he was penniless and knew Daisy would not want to be with him for that reason. Daisy would later cheat on Tom with Gatsby after getting a taste of Gatsby’s newfound wealth( obtained several years after the war) which was on an entirely different level even compared to an upper class person like herself. The characters of Nick and Gatsby are in a way the split personalities of Fitzgerald. Nick represents Fitzgerald before he was exposed to the fame, the fast life, and the riches; he also represents Fitzgeralds thoughts that modern people on the east coast had completely lost all their values chasing after money. Gatsby, on the other hand represents Fitzgerald as he was when he became rich and started living the fast life of thrills and excitement; Gatsby also represents Fitzgerald because he idealized and chased after a woman that was not in his class exactly like Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is able to create the two contrasting characters of Nick and Gatsby from his own personalities at different points in his life. By doing this is able to bring these characters to life because they are mirror images of himself.
Events which Fitzgerald himself experienced such as going to war, moving to the East, and gaining vast riches are also very similar to events that Fitzgerald...

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