F. Scott Fitzgerald Research Paper

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F. Scott Fitzgerald is in many ways one of the most notable writers of the twentieth century. His prodigious literary voice and style provides remarkable insight into the lifestyles of the rich and famous, as well as himself. Exploring themes such as disillusionment, coming of age, and the corruption of the American Dream, Fitzgerald based most of his subject matter on his own despicable, tragic life experiences. Although he was thought to be the trumpeter of the Jazz Age, he never directly identified himself with it and was adverse to many of its manifestations.

The life of F. Scott Fitzgerald was deeply divided, in that his early successes in the 1910’s and 1920’s contrast noticeably with the years full of personal happenings and
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Each of these literary pieces helped to further develop and improve aspects of his writing style. The short stories increased his ability to plot. His first couple stories had only curiosity value and showed liveliness in his style. The songs and poems prepared him for the careful use of imagery, and the theatrical experience gave him a feeling for the dramatic scene (Perosa). Years later in his short stories, Fitzgerald began to steer himself away from narrative conventions and developed a purely dramatic technique, which consisted of only dialogue. While writing so many lyrics for musicals, Fitzgerald’s imagination flared up and revealed lightness in phrasing. It was through these short stories, poems, book reviews, and plays that Fitzgerald learned the secrets of dialogue, the need for plotting and for careful phrasing, and the importance of imagery.

Fitzgerald had a kind of incremental imagination that he first worked into his short stories and later developed into his novels to deepen and enrich the texture (Lehan). When Fitzgerald wrote, he wrote out of a deeply personal sense of experience. His fiction is an implementation of self-pity and self-justification. His main themes were directed towards youth, success, and money which were all founded from