How Does Fitzgerald Use Satire In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby Scott Fitzgerald 1896-1940 ( The Great Gatsby was written by Francis Scott Fitzgerald between 1923 and 1924 and first published in the middle of the jazz age in 1925. Fitzgerald was born in 1896 and was raised in Minnesota, he was sent to an Ivy League school but unfortunately he never graduated and joined the army in 1917 when the First World War was coming to its end. While he was stationed in Alabama he met and fell in love with the local beauty, Zelda. Because of the time that they lived in Zelda was obsessed with wealth and material possession and only agreed to marry Fitzgerald if he could ‘prove himself’ (SparkNotes, 2002). He published his first book in 1920 and overnight became famous with enough money to impress…show more content…
This represents his intense desire for Daisy and his hopes and dreams for the future. Fitzgerald uses satire to create irony and ridicule throughout the book, this helps introduce humour such as Gatsby knocking the clock off the mantle piece. The Great Gatsby is a historical snippet into the jazz age, an age of great wealth but also a great lack of morals. This was a time of exuberant and frivolous parties and undeserving wealth and immorality. This is beautifully captured by Fitzgerald. Reference List Fitzgerald, S. (1925) The Great Gatsby, London, Penguin Publishing Ltd. SparkNotes Editors. (2002). SparkNote on The Great Gatsby. [Online] U.K available from, accessed 28th April 2012. Bibliography Broccoli’s, M. (2003) A Brief Life of Fitzgerald [Online] U.K available from accessed 28th April 2012. Merriman, C. (2007) Scott Fitzgerald 1896-1940 [Online] U.K available from accessed 28th April
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