the 1920's the great gatsby

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How is the Great Gatsby a reflection of F. S. Fitzgerald's life? What does the novel teach us about the 1920's?

Apr 26th, 2015

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), American author wrote The Great Gatsby (1925).The Great Gatsby, the novel for which Fitzgerald has become most well known, met only limited success upon its publication. In the years since, it has gone on to become nearly synonymous with Fitzgerald and life in the Roaring '20s.The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald's magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz age or the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream.

The Great Gatsby received mixed reviews and sold poorly; in its first year, the book sold only 20,000 copies. Fitzgerald died in 1940, believing himself to be a failure and his work forgotten. However, the novel experienced a revival during World War II and became a part of American high school curricula and numerous stage and film adaptations in the following decades. Today, The Great Gatsby is widely considered to be a literary classic and a contender for the title Great American Novel. In 1998 the Modern Library editorial board voted it the 20th century's best American novel and second best English-language novel of the same time period.

 This interpretation asserts that The Great Gatsby captures the American experience because it is a story about change and those who resist it; whether the change comes in the form of a new wave of immigrants (Southern Europeans in the early 20th century, Latin Americans today), the nouveau riche or successful minorities, Americans from the 1920s to modern day have plenty of experience with changing economic and social circumstances.

By the 1960s, he had risen from the dustbin to secure a place among the great twentieth century American authors. In the time since, interest in Fitzgerald has remained consistently strong. Together with Zelda, his personal life has become a part of the American landscape, linked forever with the youthful exuberance of the 1920s. Professionally, his works provide a valuable voice for exploring themes of ambition, justice, equity, and the American dream  themes that are still current  affording him with a well-deserved place in the American literary canon.

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