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An autobiographical portrayal of F. Scott Fitzgerald as Jay Gatsby, in The Great Gatsby


             An autobiographical portrayal of F. Scott Fitzgerald as Jay Gatsby, in The
             Frances Scott Key Fitzgerald, born September 24, 1896 in St. Paul,
             Minnesota, is seen today as one of the true great American novelists.
             Although he lived a life filled with alcoholism, despair, and lost-love, he
             managed to create the ultimate love story and seemed to pinpoint the
             "American Dream  in his classic novel, The Great Gatsby. In the novel, Jay
             Gatsby is the epitome of the "self-made man,  in which he dedicates his
             entire life to climbing the social ladder in order to gain wealth, to
             ultimately win the love of a woman: something that proves to be
             unattainable. As it turns out, Gatsby's excessive extravagance and love of
             money, mixed with his obsession for a woman's love, is actually the
             autobiographical portrayal of Fitzgerald.
             While attending Princeton University, Fitzgerald struggled immensely with
             his grades and spent most of his time catering to his "social  needs. He
             became quite involved with the Princeton Triangle Club, an undergraduate
             club which wrote and produced a lively musical comedy each fall, and
             performed it during the Christmas vacation in a dozen major cities across
             the country. Fitzgerald was also elected to "Cottage,  which was one of the
             big four clubs at Princeton. "Its lavish weekend parties in impressive
             surroundings, which attracted girls from New York, Philadelphia and beyond,
             may well have provided the first grain of inspiration for Fitzgerald's
             portrayal of Jay Gatsby's fabulous parties on Long Island  (Meyers, 27).
             Although Fitzgerald was a "social butterfly  while at Princeton, he never
             had any girlfriends. However, at a Christmas dance in St. Paul, MN during
             his sophomore year, he met Ginevra King, a sophisticated sixteen-year-old
             who was visiting her roommate, and


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