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In the novel The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald Jay Gatsby is portrayed as an individual who strives to achieve the American Dream through acts that would otherwise corrupt a common person in the 1920s F Scott Fitzgerald however lived his life in the 1920s with ambition devotion and perseverance the ideal formula for achieving financial success But Fitzgerald didnt always follow the rules to the American Dream of monetary prosperity Likewise Gatsby wasnt always a lucky crook Recognizing Gatsbys and Fitzgeralds distinctions one may ask themselves how can these two personages be likened to each other The answer lies in the way in which each either progressed or was damned in living his life The Great Gatsby is to the most part an autobiography of F Scott Fitzgerald himself All humans have at least two selves one who wants to set goals work hard and achieve success and one who would rather sit around and have fun shopping or gossiping To understand F Scott Fitzgerald the man and the writer one must be familiar with the idea of doubleness Fitzgerald was quoted in The Crack-Up to have said that the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function Gottesman 1615 Everything about Fitzgerald is touched by this idea For example he both loves and hated money He was attracted to the life of the very rich as an outsider who had very little and at the same time he hated the dishonesty hypocrisy and cruelty of their lives He was disciplined knowing that he had to have great mental and physical self-control to succeed as a writer but he was often unable to exercise those very qualities he knew he would need in order to succeed Part of Fitzgerald lived a dazzling life full of parties joviality and show and part of him knew
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