F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote some of the most culminating novels of the twenties. He wrote numerous short stories and magnificent novels such as The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, The Last Tycoon, and This Side of Paradise. “In the Twenties, [Fitzgerald’s] heyday, he was kind of king of our American youth” (Berryman). Fitzgerald was an expert of the American culture that he lived in and understood it significantly. His most famous novel, The Great Gatsby, encompasses Jay Gatsby’s journey to capture the love of Daisy Buchanan through his prosperity. Tender is the Night depicts Dick Diver who marries one of his mental patients, Nicole Warren, and is eventually torn apart because of caring for her. Although his books have different plots, all of his literature is essentially the same and contains some of the same aspects. His literature is a product of his time-period, it encompasses the life of the rich and how they acted, and much of Fitzgerald’s literature mirrors his own life.The first notable aspect about Fitzgerald’s literature is that it is a product of the time-period that he lived in. Fitzgerald wrote of the twenties and based many of his novels on the events of that time-period. During the twenties America had just won World War I and was headed for a period of economic boom. The people of this time were exceedingly successful and they lived lavishly just like many of the characters in Fitzgerald’s literature including Jay Gatsby and Dick Diver. This was a generation that passed through WWI with illusions of eternal peace and perpetual democracy and was then crushed by its aftermath (Leo). The US was dominated by the period economic boom and then the fatal depression (Leo). This time-period experienced an …
… elements of his personal life, that Fitzgerald did not give in entirely to hackwork, as so many of his contemporaries did” (Mizener, Scott…). Fitzgerald’s literature remained captivating over the course of his career and his novels are still well respected today.
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