After his discharge from the military, he was determined to win Zelda and fame. One week after his first book was published, they were married.
Fitzgerald lived the life that he portrayed in his books; scandalous young men and women; he swam in public fountains, rode to parties on the hoods of taxis, fought with waiters, and danced on tables.
Fitzgerald completed The Great Gatsby in 1925. Honored by critics, but made no money. Zelda suffered a series of mental breakdowns. Fitzgerald had some difficult times. He stayed in Hollywood and went on frequent drinking binges. He died of a heart attack on December 21, 1940 at 44 years of age.
Daisy is always associated with the color white, which is associated with purity, virtue…. Consider, as you read, whether or not Daisy lives up to this embodiment.
Tom has the values of the established wealthy (old money): self-centered, conceited, no conscience
What to read/annotate for: As you read The Great Gatsby, be on the lookout for the following. Yes, this is a long list, but it’s also a reason why Fitzgerald’s work is so great – he expertly weaves in symbolism and poignant themes to depict American life in the Roaring Twenties.
Color symbolism: white, silver, grey, green, red, yellow, and gold in particular
The American Dream
Parties (eight major parties in a nine chapter novel)
Social commentary – what does Fitzgerald have to say about the world around him?