Patriotic Dreams Essay

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Patriotic DreamsF. Scott Fitzgerald life is an example of both sides of the American Dream, the tragedies associated with success, failure and the legacy of the life after his death. F. Scott Fitzgerald illustrates the society and the associated beliefs, values and dreams of the American population at that time. For instance, success is the element of deception to achieve the goals. Furthermore, failure is depicted as powerful dark art, with the potential to commit incredible feats. Moreover, the legacy of the life after F. Scott Fitzgerald's eventually finding his state beyond redemption. These beliefs, values and dreams can be summed up to what is termed the American Dream, a dream of money, wealth, prosperity, and the happiness that supposedly came with the booming economy. The 1920s in America was a decade of great social change. From fashion to politics, forces clashed to produce a very roaring decade. Jazz sounds dominated the music industry. It was the age of glamour, heartbreak, and the connection to the American dream. It was the age of everything, and this can be witnessed through symbolizing the American Dream, as seen in F. Scott Fitzgerald's success, failure and the legacy that still lives on to this day. This success, and Fitzgerald's financial and psychological dependence on it, had an important effect on the character of his work and a striking effect on his reputation. His early success combined with his personal expectations to determine his relations with his society; more than any other gifted writer of his generation, he was committed to and lived in his time. The effects on his work of this tension between his gift and his commitment were both good and bad. Fitzgerald's glamour did not come expeditious, his first piece of success called The Great Gatsby was the most nourishing novel thus "Fitzgerald set out to be one of the greatest writers who ever lived" ("Beautiful and Damned" 30) .Although his work was very popular during the 1920s, it wasn't until his death that he was recognized as a truly gifted writer, and finally won the kind of attention he deserved during his life. After his death Fitzgerald was known as in the literary sense he invented a generation. Later, at Princeton University, he came close to the brilliant success of which he dreamed "writing musicals and partying with friends" (DVD A&E Biography). He became part of the Triangle Club, Princeton's most theatrical group. Fitzgerald used his writing skills to impress his peers; he wrote lyrics for the groups musical comedies casting himself as the star. He also became a prominent figure in the literary life of the university and made lifelong friendships. Despite these social groups, Fitzgerald struggled academically, and he eventually flunked out of Princeton.Fitzgerald's quick rise to fame also led to his fall. In life, things are not meant to happen all at once, all at the same time. His marriage was destroyed and his wife suffered a mental breakdown,...

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