The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby The title of this book is "The Great Gatsby."� It was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925.

Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1897 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

He was named after his ancestor Francis Scott Key. Fitzgerald was a very intelligent kid and was sent to a New Jersey Boarding School in 1911, because he did so poorly in school. He was able to enrolled at Princeton in 1913. Many things bothered him during school and he never graduated.

Being since he didn't graduate he enlisted into the army in 1917, toward the end of World War I. Fitzgerald was a second lieutenant based at Camp Sheridan in Montgomery, Alabama. While there he fell in love with a seventeen year old named Zelda Sayre. Her desire for wealth delayed their marriage until after Fitzgerald's first book was published. The novel being The Side of Paradise which was published in 1920.

Many of the events in the story of "The Great Gatsby"� refer to things that happened in Fitzgerald's life. Like Nick Carraway, Fitzgerald was from Minnesota, educated in an Ivy League school and moves to New York after the war. After Fitzgerald's first book was published he became caught in a life of all night parties somewhat like Jay Gatsby does each Saturday night. Fitzgerald idolized the very rich.

The theme of this story has to be one of an ironical sort. I think it is ironical because Jay Gatsby is a man in love so he moves to a house across the bay from Daisy. This Gatsby tries to impress her with his wealth even to take her away from her husband Tom. Everything leads to another thing.

That is why I think that the story is ironical. The point of view, I would...