Gatsby As F. Scott Fitzgerald's Self-Portrait



Many times it has been stated that Gatsby was Fitzgerald and that Gatsby was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s self-portrait. There are similarities between the two, for instance, both were lieutenants in the military, and both attended prestigious universities. But Fitzgerald’s intent in writing The Great Gatsby was not to be compared to Gatsby. Fitzgerald did, however, include many lines in the novel which can very well be compared to his life and the people he cared most about.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was often referred to as anti-Semitic. The portraits of Wolfsheim and his “gonnegtions” in The Great Gatsby were not flattering. In the novel, Fitzgerald used a Jewish character to emphasize some of ...

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me no good. I was
sorry immediately I had married her, but being
patient in those days, made the best of it and got
to love her in another way...But I was a man divided.
She wanted me to work too much for her and not
enough for my dream. She realized too late that work
was dignity and the only dignity, and tried to atone
for it by working herself, but it was too late and
she broke and is broken forever.

Fitzgerald’s remarks here bring to mind the passage in The Great Gatsby where Gatsby pauses before kissing Daisy, knowing that “When he kissed this girl, and wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God.” Perhaps Fitzgerald was thinking of his own inane experience with Zelda.

Fitzgerald incorporated Zelda’s famous utterance at Scottie’s birth into The Great Gatsby, “I hope she will be a beautiful fool.” Daisy retorted her nurse with the same phrase when she found out her child, Pammy, was a girl.

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