Representation of Fitzgerald’s Life in The Great Gatsby

June 11, 2018 General Studies

The Great Gatsby is a fictional, autobiographic novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald at the time of Jazz Age during the life of extravagance, envy, and murder. This made Fitzgerald’s third published novel of his time and is known as the ultimate triumph of his career. He would be fulfilled to know that his novel transcended into what he had anticipated out of his third publication. As reported in the introduction of the book itself, Fitzgerald wanted the novel to be a “consciously artistic achievement” (VII-Introduction).

The story is based around the mysteriously, wealthy, Jay Gatsby and his love for the breath taking Daisy Buchanan. The narrator, Nick Caraway is Gatsby’s neighbor, who appears to be caught within the drama amongst the characters. The foremost setting of the story is found in East and West Egg, Long Island, New York. The West Egg is the home of “Old Money” or those who have inherited their riches, while East Egg is the home of “New Money” and Fitzgerald makes it very apparent the differences between the two towns of Long Island, New York.

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One could consider Fitzgerald’s most prized work of art as a fictional, autobiographical novel simply for the reason that during the time spent studying Fitzgerald and reading his novel, The Great Gatsby, it became apparent that Fitzgerald made quite a few references and compared his life with those of the characters. The novel is basically referring to his life with Zelda and all the mishaps that came along with it. Two of the main characters, Tom and Daisy Buchanan, represent Zelda and himself and is quite obvious if one has studied Fitzgerald.

Also, a quite obvious representation between Fitzgerald’s life and those of the characters in The Great Gatsby is Gatsby’s love for Daisy. There are enough representations found within this novel that one could say that it is an indirect autobiography of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The life of the Buchanan’s and Fitzgerald’s could be closely compared as if they were based off of each other. The Buchanan’s were a rich couple who had spent their lives together, traveling the world, or constantly moving to reside in different locations of the.

This is much like the life of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. At one point in the Fitzgerald’s life together, they had resided in Paris along with there daughter. This was also the case for the rather wealthy Buchanan’s and their daughter. Also easily compared is the way they lived. The Buchanan’s lived in an elaborate home that Nick explained as, “a red and white Georgian Colonial mansion, overlooking the bay (p. 6). ” The way that the narrator explains it is very elaborate as if he is actually taking you there.

Anyways, the Buchanan’s home and way of living is much like Fitzgerald’s in the since that both the couples live a high end life where everything must be elaborate, including the home and the assets within the home. Zelda Fitzgerald, F. Scott’s wife, is directly represented by the character Daisy Buchanan. The character of the two women compare in the since that they both discreet and artificial and either of them are emotionally bankrupt.

According to the lecture of Mr. Booten, the two of them suffer moral failings obscured by physical beauty and vitality. I feel as if Fitzgerald wrote about Zelda’s insanity at the end of the novel at the point where Daisy was driving Jay Gatsby’s car and struck Myrtle, Tom’s mistress, leaving her dead at the scene of the accident. While such instance may not have taken place in Zelda’s life, it represents the insanity that came upon her later in life.

Also a great representation between the two is the fact that they were both very wealthy growing up and knew nothing but the feeling of wealth. One of the most important themes or symbol that may be found in the novel is class and social standing. The importance of social standing appears to be a huge barrier between the characters. East and West Egg is an example of which social standing is represented in the novel. Tom and Daisy live on the East which is the more or the well-bred of the two towns.

Nick and Gatsby are on the West which is for those who have money but do not really have a stance in the community. The barrier that the water creates between these worlds in symbolic of the barrier that keeps these people apart from one another and from much of what they want. While it is not certain that The Great Gatsby is an indirect autobiography of The Fitzgerald’s life, there are multiple instances that make it seem as if it were. That is very apparent if the reader has studied the two into great depth.


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