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Everyone knows reading expands the human mind Whether its known ornot reading can also be a history lesson In literature most readersdo not take the time out to consider what influences a writers work Itjust so happens that the time period an author comes from can have agrand effect on their work Not solely this authors take inconsideration the events that go on in hisher own lives as wellFrancis Scott Fitzgerald and Lorraine Hansberry both portrayed theirlives into their novels The Great Gatsby and A Raisin in the Sun Whenauthors interpret their lives in novels it is possible to learn abouthisher history and the generation they come fromF Scott Fitzgerald was born September 24 1896 He grew up to be anambitious writer while attending Princeton University but in 1917dropped out to join the army Although he was occupied in the army hecontinued to write During the time he was stationed in MontgomeryAlabama he met an 18-year old girl named Zelda Sayre He fell in lovewith her instantly For Zelda it wasnt working out and she ended therelationship In 1919 Fitzgerald was released from the army and movedto New York City where he tried to woo Zelda He was determined to gether hand in marriage and on April 3 1920 his wish came true they gotmarried They settled in Connecticut where Zelda acquired her luxuriouslifestyle An author from a magazine quotes They were impetuous theywere known to drink too much and they were prone to bouts of seriousdepression and self-destructive behavior Zeitz 1 The way Zeldaand Fitzgerald lived was unhealthy It is evident that his was thebeginning of a toxic marriageFitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby in 1925 The novel represented thattime period known as Prohibition clearly This was a time where crimewas common and alcohol was ordinary In the book there is a man namedJay Gatsby who lives in the West Egg of New York Across from him liveDaisy and her husband Tom Buchanan Gatsby and
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