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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald once said Mostly we authors must repeat ourselvesthats the truth We have two or three experiences in our lives experiences so great and moving that it doesnt seem at the time that anyone else has been so caught up de Koster n pag Fitzgeralds works contain many themes that are based from experiences in his life Many of these experiences he talks about were with the women in his life People like his mother Ginerva King and Zelda Sayre all had major impacts on Fitzgerald The women in F Scott Fitzgeralds life influenced his writing in a number of ways The first major woman to make and impression on Fitzgeralds life was his mother Mary Mollie McQuillan was of Irish decent Her parents were Irish immigrants who became rich as grocery owners in St Paul Bruccoli 1 Mollie inherited a fair amount of money from her family but the family had difficulty maintaining the high standard of living they were accustomed to Bloom 11 When they fell into financial trouble it was her father they turned to The fact that Fitzgeralds mother rather than his father was the financial foundation for their family influenced Fitzgerald greatly Even as a young boy he was aware of this situation The theme that arose from this about a wifes inherited money appears frequently in Fitzgeralds writing Magill 679 When the Fitzgeralds fell into financial trouble the family had to depend on Mollies familys money When times like that came Mollie abandoned the attempt to Tarleton 2 keep up her personal appearance neglecting both grooming and fashion which embarrassed her fastidious son Scott later recorded a dream in which he admitted being ashamed of her de Koster 15 Furthermore Fitzgeralds attitude toward his mother influenced him as a person Because two of Mollies children had died before Fitzgerald she was very protective of him She often worried about his health and babied
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