Why Is The Great Gatsby Bad

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F. Scott Fitzgerald was a man seen by many as a Shakespeare of the 1920s, a time he himself coined the “jazz age.” The roaring twenties were a time of prosperity and triumph for many Americans. It was a time of fun and partying, fueled by the money and power of the wealthy. Fitzgerald wasn’t born rich but he had a certain drive within him that he often reflected in the characters of the stories he wrote. Throughout his life he often found himself striving for one thing; to be noticed. During high school, college, and even the years after that he always wanted to be seen and seen as the best. He saw himself as the best, believing no one could beat him, and he wanted everyone to recognize his greatness. In fact “more often than not Fitzgerald modeled his characters after himself.” (Weisbrod) In similar fashion to his characters he was constantly seeking the approval of others. F. Scott Fitzgerald put many elements and traits of himself, both good and bad, into The Great Gatsby’s main character Jay Gatsby. A main link between the author and his character was the search for that which appeared unobtainable. Jay Gatsby spends the full duration of the novel pursing…show more content…
Their searches for a perfect woman absorb much of their lives though they end with different results. Their need to be noticed shows them as almost the same person. Though they both started out humbly both manage to amass a wealth large enough to help them at least begin to win over their golden girls. As Fitzgerald’s life came toward a close the parallels grew deeper. Gatsby struggled to realize that Daisy “(was) not worthy of his adoration.” (thebestnotes.com) But as Gatsby saw his golden girl wasn’t quite what he thought she was Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda’s mental state deteriorated and she went insane. He did later die the lonely death he foresaw in his book. These parallels demonstrate the disappointments Fitzgerald faced in his tragic

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