Essay Scott Fitzgerald

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Scott Fitzgerald the writer of ‘The Great Gatsby’ was born in 1896 into an upper middle class family in Minnesota. He spent the majority of his childhood from the age of two to seven in New York giving him an in depth knowledge to city life style costume of New York. He lived close to all of the wealthy St. Paul families, and could not help but notice the mansion belonging to railroad tycoon, James J. Hill, in walking distance from his own modest home. He wrote that he felt like an outsider throughout his childhood, for although he lived among them and socialized with them, the rich inhabited a different world. This idea was a key inspiration to The Great Gatsby.
His mother Mollie's family provided support for the family during the author's childhood. Indeed, although his family did not own their own home, they lived in a middle-class row house in the Summit Avenue section of St. Paul - an area inhabited by the wealthiest residents of the city. Thus, as a young boy, Fitzgerald's close friends were drawn from the city's richest residents - they were his dancing school partners, his drama club colleagues, and fellow guests at parties which he attended regularly.
From a young age his mother Mollie Fitzgerald, insured that he had a high level of education due to his indisputable talent and interest in literature, the first recognition of which was when he was just thirteen years old and his first piece of writing was published in a school news paper.
At the age of fifteen, Fitzgerald was sent to Newman School in New Jersey where Father Sigourney Fay also noticed his outstanding talent for writing and encouraged Fitzgerald to pursue a career in literature in Princeton University where he dedicated himself to focusing on his craft. He became a member of the Princeton Triangle club, a theatre group, and he also became involved in the American Whigcliopophich Society, both of which enhanced his literacy skills.
In 1914 at the age of eighteen whilst on a Christmas vacation, Fitzgerald met his first love; Ginevre King. According to letters and diary entries, they met at a sledding party and were completely infatuated with each other. Ginevre came from a very wealthy Chiacago background with her father being a very wealthy business. Their relationship came to an end despite their passionate relationship in 1917.
Also in 1917, Fitzgerald dropped out of school only to join the U.S. Army. It was Fitzgerald’s fear of being killed in action that inspired him to write his first novel, ‘The Romantic Egoist’ which he wrote in the weeks before he reported for duty. Later, Fitzgerald would be considered a ‘’Lost Generation’’ writer along with other famous authors such as Ernest Hemmingway and John Steinbeck. The Lost Generation referred to people who became of age just as World War I began, and many of whom enlisted to the army at such time. Fitzgerald was assigned to a camp in Alabama and it was here that be met his lover Zelda Sayre, the daughter of the Supreme Court judge at a dance at the Montgomery Country Club. By September, Fitzgerald declared that he was in love with her, ironically, the same month that his first love, Ginevra King was married.
Zelda was a natural beauty, with red-gold hair, fine features, and a graceful body. But what distinguished her from other young women was her spirit - playful, often rebellious, and even reckless. She was undoubtedly the perfect girl for Scott at that time, eager for success, a member of a prominent (but not wealthy) family, independent, and beautiful.
Their tempestuous relationship was reputedly the basis for some of his most famous works. Zelda Sayre was just 18 years old at the time and the two lovers met. It was deemed love at first sight between the two with Fitzgerald later describing Zelda as the ‘’golden girl’’. Although it was quite evident that the two were madly in love, Zelda would not agree to commit herself to marriage due to their lack of economic…