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


            
             Scott Fitzgerald as Jay Gatsby, in The .
            
            
            
             Frances Scott Key Fitzgerald, born September 24, 1896 in St.
             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 immediately fell in love with her.


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