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Carolyn Gerdeman Composition 2 Rough draft Instructor: Mrs. Briese 7 April 2010 Critical analysis of The Great Gatsby Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald is born on September 24, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota; where from 1908 to 1911 he attends the St. Paul Academy private school, and publishes his first short stories in the school magazine Now and Then (“F. Scott Fitzgerald” 2). At St. Paul, Fitzgerald writes plays and performs in school productions, however, poor grades force him to withdrawal and enroll into a new school. Fitzgerald attends Princeton University in 1913, where he composes lyrics and writes for a magazine. However, in 1916 Fitzgerald is forced to again withdraw from school because of his poor grades (“The Great Gatsby” 2). In 1925 The Great Gatsby is published and received positive critical commentary but does not sell well. Fitzgerald dies on December 21, 1940 by a heart attack and “After Fitzgerald's death in 1940, his work—particularly The Great Gatsby—received increasing attention, and Gatsby is now considered a classic”(Bloom 1). Although The Great Gatsby previously suffers a poor sales record, after Fitzgerald's death the novel receives more attention and is considered a classic. Since F. Scott Fitzgerald shows a vast amount of symbolism and irony in The Great Gatsby , Jay Gatsby’s failures are more apparent.
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Throughout The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald capitalizes on the failures of a person with an ample amount of money and other material possessions. For example, Gatsby wastes a majority of life earning material objects instead of searching to capture the heart of his one true love, and when he finally believes she is within his grasp she betrays him. Body paragraph 1: Gatsby’s failures Throughout the novel, The Great Gatsby , Fitzgerald emphasizes Gatsby’s inability to have success in capturing what he has always wanted. “Here, for example, insofar as the book is Gatsby’s story it is a story of failure—the prolongation of the adolescent incapacity to distinguish between dream and reality, between the terms demanded of life and the terms offered” (Troy 1). Gatsby’s greatest failure is his inability to relinquish the past. Because Gatsby and Daisy are in a close relationship before he goes to war; Gatsby cannot forget the relationship they have prior to their break up, and continues to fight for the women he loves, though he will never earn her love in return. Another failure Gatsby endures is “…Gatsby’s rise and fall as he attempts to recapture Daisy Buchanan’s love” (Sutton 1). Gatsby again fails when he is deceived by Daisy’s
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