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The American Dream as it is Portrayed in The Great GatsbyPicture this a person graduates from high school with honors goes to college and graduates at the top of hisher class After college heshe is offered a job in the field heshe wants with an annual salary of about 400000 a year Heshe marries the person of hisher dreams has two children and moves into a large elegant house Forty years later that person retires with a pension and lives the rest of hisher life in luxury This is the American Dream F Scott Fitzgerald had this dream and worked his entire life to fulfill it with no avail Fitzgerald was a sensitive young man who idolized wealth and luxury He fell in love with a beautiful young woman named Zelda while stationed at a military camp in the South Several years after meeting Zelda he reached a high enough social standard that she agreed to marry him Shortly after the wedding Fitzgerald published his first big novel He became a celebrity and fell into a wild reckless lifestyle of parties and decadence Fitzgerald thought he had achieved his dream Unfortunately his beautiful wife was the first part of his dream to crumble In 1930 Zelda had her first of many mental breakdowns Soon after Zeldas breakdowns began Fitzgerald published his novel Tender is the Night When this novel was not a success Fitzgerald also started to have mental problems When his novels started failing he retreated to Hollywood where he began writing screenplays On December 21 1940 Fitzgerald died as a drunk in his lovers Hollywood apartment Throughout his career Fitzgerald published many books but The Great Gatsby is the one that became a classic The fourth paragraph from Encartas Encyclopedia on F Scott Fitzgerald best summarizes his novelWritten in crisp concise prose and told by Nick Carraway it is the story of Jay Gatsby Gatsby becomes a bootlegger in order to attain the
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