The Great Gatsby: view from biographical lens:
How does this text reflect the experiences, society, beliefs, and intentions of it’s maker?
F. Scott Fitzgerald
-Born in 1896, lived through WW1, the jazz age, and the great depression; has a large sense of different perceptions of the American dream across economically diverse periods of time.
-Like Nick Carraway, he was born into an upper-middle class family in small town middle America; this relates his life to the idea of a small town kid growing up and wanting to get out; seeking city life is a large part of the dream for a lot of small town people.
-His parents also had quite a large influence on his writings of the American Dream; his father took pride in his ‘old south values’, and his mother was the daughter of an Irish immigrant that became wealthy as a grocer. The family was also catholic, which is said by Richard reeves to be an important part of the dream (or at least to be religious).
-The girl he falls in love with is much like that of daisy; she’s pretty, comes from a good family, and didn't want to marry him because at the time of their relationship Fitzgerald struggled with his career.
-As a soldier in WW1, he fought for freedom, a characteristic often seen as the largest part of the dream. Nick Carraway also fights in WW1.
-As a young adult during the jazz era, Fitzgerald was able to directly experience events like the great depression, the rise of ‘new rich’, prohibition, the clash of classes, and other societal events that occur in TGG.
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