Historical context[ edit ] Set on the prosperous Long Island ofThe Great Gatsby provides a critical social history of America during the Roaring Twenties within its fictional narrative.
Scott Fitzgerald, one of the foremost twentieth century American writers. His father, Edward, brought breeding, charm, and a sense of elegance to the family, although as a businessman, he experienced only marginal financial success.
Fitzgerald's mother, Mollie McQuillan, was the daughter of an Irish immigrant who made a fortune in the wholesale grocery business. Although she came from a family of means, she had little interest in society life, except as it regarded her son's future.
The family lived comfortably on the outskirts of the city's most fashionable residential neighborhood, Summit Avenue, thanks largely to the generosity of the McQuillan family. Although the Fitzgeralds lived just blocks from the city's most elegant and wealthy families, they were not considered rich and therefore were perched precariously on the community's social hierarchy.
They possessed what some critics have come to call "a certain genteel shabbiness. The Fitzgeralds lived in Minnesota on and off during Scott's youth.
When his father's business folded inthe elder Fitzgerald took a job the following year as a salesman for Procter and Gamble, consequently moving his family to New York, first to Buffalo, then Syracuse, and then back to Buffalo.
He was fired from his job inand just months before Scott's twelfth birthday, the family returned to St. Paul where the McQuillan family still lived. From that point, the Fitzgeralds essentially lived off the McQuillan family fortune.
Although Scott would call St. Paul home from tohe was often not there. Rather, he spent much of that time at boarding school, at Princeton University, in the army, and in New York City. Prep School and College Although Edward and Mollie Fitzgerald did not mingle much in the society life of their community, they saw to it that Scott met the right people.
He attended the prep school and dancing classes where the elite sent their children. InFitzgerald entered the St. Paul Academy where he was received with mixed welcome many of the students apparently thought he was too arrogant.
He excelled in debate and athletics, pushing himself continually. He would publish three more stories in the next two years. He would also begin writing plays while still a student at St.
Inhowever, due largely to Scott's less than stellar scholastic record, his parents sent him to the Newman School, a Catholic prep school in Hackensack, New Jersey. Here he met Fr. Sigourney Fay who would serve as a mentor, encouraging him to develop his talents and pursue his dreams of personal achievement and distinction.
During the years at Newman, Fitzgerald published three stories in the school literary magazine, helping him to realize that despite his interest in athletics, he was more successful in literary endeavors.
InFitzgerald entered Princeton University. Again, he would not prove himself a top scholar, although his literary achievements began to grow. He wrote scripts and lyrics for the Triangle Club musicals and contributed to Princeton publications.A new film version of F.
Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby By David Walsh is one of the highest recommendations for reading his novel. Google is blocking the World Socialist Web Site. First published in , The Great Gatsby is a novel by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Here are the 10 most famous quotations from The Great Gatsby with their explanation.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author of The Great Gatsby, in In the five years between the publication of his first novel, This Side of Paradise () and his masterpiece, The Great Gatsby (), F Scott Fitzgerald experienced the kind of literary success.
Fitzgerald worked on his fourth novel, Tender Is the Night (), sporadically for almost ten years after publication of The Great Gatsby. Despite favorable reviews, the novel sold even more poorly than The Great Gatsby. At the time of his death in , Fitzgerald was working on The Last Tycoon (), a novel based upon his experiences in Hollywood.
In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Daisy Buchanan is an important woman character, but only in relation to Jay Gatsby’s dream.
Ever since Gatsby had come back from the army, he had longed to have Daisy back in his life, and so everything he did and built up was in some way for her (e.g. his house and the parties he threw).
Although people are governed by both choice and fate in The Great Gatsby, it is ultimately Tom’s choice that seals Gatsby’s fate. In The Great Gatsby, capitalism and the .