F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Man Behind The Story (And The Story Behind The Man)

Who Was He?

F. Scott Fitzgerald had a love of writing, even at a young age. He was encouraged by his school newspaper, and he eventually dropped out of college to continue his writing career. At age 22, though, he still had not found success in his writing career- though he did find love. After Zelda Sayre refused to marry him without riches, a year later his first book was published- and was a huge success. A week after This Side of Paradise was published, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda were married.


Many of his books were based off of his life. For example, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's most famous book was of a middle-class man who became upper class. There was also a character who fell in love with a rich woman who would not marry him.


However, F. Scott Fitzgerald's life took an unpleasant turn, for with riches and power comes corruption. F. Scott Fitzgerald began to drink, and his life fell to pieces. It was discovered that Zelda had a mental illness, and it kept her in and out of hospitals for the rest of her life. From her and her illness sprung the story Tender is the Night. He became lost in his debt and became nearly estranged from his family.


At the end of his life, he managed to pull himself together and started writing again, though he had no more great successes like The Great Gatsby. He was mostly remembered as a drunkard with wasted talent until years after his death.

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The Importance of Eyes

In The Great Gatsby, eyes are a symbol that are referenced several times throughout the book. Perhaps the most obvious example of this symbol is in the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg, two eyes on a billboard watching over the city. Some people say that the eyes represent God, while others say that the eyes represent the meaninglessness of the American Dream when it is achieved.


While the eyes play no part in the romance of the novel, which is what The Great Gatsby seems to be about at first glance, they do tie in with the second, more subtle message that Fitzgerald was trying to get across, which is that in pursuit of happiness, the true meaning of life and the American Dream is lost. In conclusion, the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg represent not only what Fitzgerald wanted them to represent, be it God or the meaninglessness of life without purpose, but the entire story of The Great Gatsby, as well as F. Scott Fitzgerald himself. Because Fitzgerald drunk alcohol to pursue pleasure, his life fell apart. And perhaps the eyes of T. J. Eckleburg were watching.

“Writers aren’t people exactly. Or, if they’re any good, they’re a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Why Was He Important?

F. Scott Fitzgerald showed a new side to the Jazz Age in his most famous novel, The Great Gatsby. It depicted the way the wealthy lacked morals and would hide behind their money, rather than face the consequences for their actions. The Great Gatsby contains the entire American Dream: the success of going from poverty to riches overnight, and the harsh reality of corruption and how the rich didn't have to be responsible for anything.


Fitzgerald also created the beautiful story Tender is The Night. While it was not as instantly popular as some of his earlier stories, it is well remembered now, though it has never been as widely renowned as The Great Gatsby.


Overall, F. Scott Fitzgerald isn't important for changing America instantly and shockingly. He is important because of his legacy- his words, which he masterfully crafted to show every aspect of the Jazz Age to people for generations to come. The words of F. Scott Fitzgerald serve as both a history and a warning that will forever be cherished as a classic example of American literature.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Famous Books

Who is He Like Today? Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie is an author who is almost like a muckraker- he often talks about the way Native Americans are treated from his own experience. F. Scott Fitzgerald talked about some of the less pleasant aspects of living in the upper class, much like Sherman Alexie talked about the unpleasantries of being a Native American.


Like F. Scott Fitzgerald, he wrote with a semi-autobiographical style as well- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a great example. It is of a boy who is hydrocephalic, which means that he has water in his brain. Sherman Alexie had this condition, and nearly died because of it.


Sherman Alexie, too, had a problem with alcohol. However, a literary success got it under control before it could destroy him like it did F. Scott Fitzgerald. He has not gotten drunk since.


In fact, Sherman Alexie is almost like a modern version of F. Scott Fitzgerald with a brighter future. Where Fitzgerald failed, Alexie succeeded. While they still have many differences, both are influential writers who strove to make the world to make a better place in their own way.