Intro to Fitzgerald


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  • Appears as characters in stories- she is in one of the ones we are reading, we’ll see if you guys can catch it
  • Though she came from a prestigious family, like Emily Rose, she was not your typical southern bell
  • They had a kid, which only slowed them down. There lives became very alcoholic and very chaoltic- finally, they moved to Europe, where Fitzgerald write The Great Gatsby
  • Convinced Zelda to marry him- got engaged He went to NYC to try and provide for her She broke it off He was devastated- moved back to Minnesota and threw himself into writing his first novel (this side of paradise) Became an instant celebrity for this and won the beautiful Zelda back
  • Intro to Fitzgerald

    1. 1. F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)
    2. 3. The Roaring ‘20’s <ul><li>In the period following WWI, Americans were desperate for a good time. </li></ul><ul><li>Fitzgerald did not simply write about the 1920’s… he helped to shape the decade. </li></ul><ul><li>Through writing, Fitzgerald deemed the 1920’s “the jazz age.” </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube </li></ul>
    3. 4. Early Life <ul><li>Born in St Paul </li></ul><ul><li>Father wasn’t much of a businessman </li></ul><ul><li>Young Fitzgerald resolved he would never be a failure. </li></ul><ul><li>Mother came from a well-off family: felt like a poor boy amongst rich kids. </li></ul><ul><li>Eventually used his talent to gain acceptance in private school. </li></ul>
    4. 5. Desire for Glory <ul><li>Fitz would often write plays, cast himself as the star, and recruit people he wanted as friends. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1913, Fitz was accepted at Princeton </li></ul><ul><li>After he dropped out in 1917, he enlisted, with dreams of being a war hero- missed his chance </li></ul><ul><li>Finally threw himself into writing </li></ul>
    5. 6. His First Love… <ul><li>During his time at Princeton, he met a real “golden girl.” </li></ul><ul><li>Ginevra King- socialite </li></ul><ul><li>He desired her, but could not attain her. </li></ul><ul><li>Fitzgerald fell hard for this woman, but was eventually dumped because of social status. </li></ul><ul><li>Fitzgerald bases many characters on her- one is in the first story we are reading </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube </li></ul>
    6. 7. Zelda Sayre <ul><li>Shortly after, he met Zelda Sayre- his golden girl </li></ul><ul><li>Fitzgerald’s characterization often mirrors his experience with his Zelda. </li></ul><ul><li>When they first met, Zelda was considered a young Southern bell- a darling- from Montgomery, Alabama </li></ul>
    7. 8. … not your “Emily Grierson” <ul><li>Zelda was wild. </li></ul><ul><li>She was a flapper- she flopped convention, stayed out all night, indulged in alcohol and music. </li></ul><ul><li>She and Fitzgerald became icons of The Jazz Age. </li></ul>
    8. 10. Europe <ul><li>They eventually had a child, which only slowed them down. </li></ul><ul><li>Their lives became “very alcoholic and very chaotic.” </li></ul><ul><li>Eventually moved to Europe, where Scott threw himself into writing the Great Gatsby and Zelda had an affair. </li></ul><ul><li>He felt betrayed- never quite recovered. </li></ul>
    9. 11. Downward Spiral <ul><li>As the decade came to a close and America entered the Great depression, Scott and Zelda entered the worst stage of their relationship. </li></ul><ul><li>Zelda’s mental health deteriorated quickly- she was diagnosed with schizophrenia </li></ul><ul><li>He wrote a 4th novel, which he spent 9 years revising. </li></ul><ul><li>Again, the book was largely based on his life, but failed… people could not longer relate! </li></ul>
    10. 12. The Bitter End <ul><li>Continued to write novels, but they largely failed during the era of the depression </li></ul><ul><li>Drank more than ever </li></ul><ul><li>Described himself as emotionally bankrupt </li></ul><ul><li>Finally died of a massive heart attack at 44 </li></ul><ul><li>Zelda could not be there, but was buried next to Scott </li></ul><ul><li>Around the 1950s, people rediscovered his books. Gatsby alone now sells over 300,000 copies a year </li></ul>
    11. 13. Prompts <ul><li>What is the American dream? </li></ul><ul><li>Has the dream changed since the 1920’s? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a dark side to success and wealth? </li></ul>