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How did Zelda affect F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing?

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It is also worthy of note that Zelda Fitzgerald coerced her husband to move to the East so that she could "rub shoulders" with the New England socialites. While living there Fitzgerald was most discontent, finding the Easterners autocratic, supercilious, and extremely class-conscious. Thus, the character of Daisy is not unlike his wife; Tom Buchanan resembles in attitude the Easterner of Fitzgerald's experience as do the hypocritical Jordan Baker and the Sloanes of Chapter Six who pretend that they want Gatsby to join them on their horseback ride. This distinction of attitude is noted in many of Fitzgerald's works. For example, in "Rich Boy," he writes,

'Let me tell you about the very rich; they are different from you and me....They think they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves.'

Certainly, there are parallels between the real-life couple, Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald and Daisy and Gatsby. Like Daisy, Zelda broke from...

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