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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in St. Paul Minnesota as an only child loved by his parents. After his father was fired from his sales job in 1908, Scott began to realize he didn??™t want to end up as a failure like his father. Molly Fitzgerald was Scott??™s mother. She had come from a very rich family and would borrow money to keep her family ???afloat??? and keep her son in the finest of prep schools. Francis soon realized that he wasn??™t like the other, rich children that attended his school. However, he found a way to fit in. He began to notice he had a gift during his early years of school. Francis could write. He began to make his mark in school by directing productions, writing plays, and even articles in the school newspaper.
In 1913, Scott was accepted to the University of Princeton. The New Jersey campus provided him with more popularity. He was placed on academic probation after his lack of study and failing of classes got him in trouble. During his sophomore year, he met a girl named Genevra King. He began to date her, but during the relationship, her father said ???Poor boys don??™t marry rich girls.???, so they broke off the relationship. Scott withdrew from Princeton because he was failing so many classes. He didn??™t succeed after all of his hard work and needed a new passage to succeed in life.
In 1918, the United States went to war in World War 1. He now wanted to go to war and gain more popularity and glory. As he went to boot camp in Alabama, he attended a dance. Zelda Sayer was 17 years old at the time of the dance. She had the same exact glow about her as Genevra did. People in the area knew her as a wild girl who loved attention. Scott fell in love with her because of her personality. Scott proposed to Zelda after he didn??™t see any action after November of 1918. He used his ability to write in an advertising agency for about $35 a week. After realizing the lack of money Scott had, Zelda had second thoughts about the engagement. Fitzgerald was broken, he drank for three weeks straight. However, he began to write and finish his novel he wanted to complete in college. After finding out that his novel had been accepted and would be published, he ran through his town telling everyone he had finally delivered. The book This Side of Paradise went on sale, and was sold out on the same day. Scott finally had the fame he wanted and worked so hard for. Now he had to do only one thing. He needed to get Zelda back and marry her.
After he had his daughter, Francis, he began to encounter problems. Zelda had an affair with a French aviator, and this destroyed Fitzgerald. After the controversy, Fitzgerald wrote his most famous book, The Great Gatsby. His newest novel failed to sell as well as his others however. Towards the beginning of the 1930??™s Zelda and Scott started to have more problems. After Zelda became a dancer, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Scott took Zelda to the hospital and other clinics off and on for six years. Towards the end of the 1930??™s, Fitzgerald began writing for movies, and began to have an affair with Sheila Graham. However, the affair was ended and Fitzgerald continued to lose his popularity. After suffering a major heart attack in December of 1940, Fitzgerald died. This was a major blow to his friends and family. In late December, he was buried at a lonely funeral that very few attended.
The Great Gatsby in my opinion was a great book that many different people from many different age groups can learn from. Even though it didnt make a big impact on the book market like Scotts other novels did, i think it was an instant classic. It was based in the 1920s, which happens to be my favorite part of history. It also dicussed different ways of life for different people. The people on the west side of the Railroad tracks acted differently than the people from the east side, which i can relate to having grown up on the West side of Bloomington, Illinois. Many of the events in the book excited me as well. When Gatsby throws his parties, many exciting events take place.
During the book, i never got bored of reading like i do with other books. The mentioning of different characters and their backgrounds kept me reading for more. Even though we were required to read this book, i felt as if i was reading it for pleasure. The life lessons that the book teaches were the most valuable part of reading the book in my mind. One that i can remember is just because someone has a lot of money, doesn??™t necessarily mean that they are happy with their lives. Another is not to judge a book by its cover, literally. When i first picked the book up i figured it would be another novel that was too hard to read and too hard to understand. I realized that i was wrong after reading the first two chapters.