How can I write an essay about F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Last Tycoon in third person that is supposed to express my opinion?  

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The main issue you are struggling with here is the apparent contradiction between use of third person and expression of your own opinion. The solution is to separate out the form in which you express your ideas from the type of ideas you are expressing. Imagine, first, a paragraph about F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon written in the first person:

I think that the most important element of F. Scott Fitzgerald's incomplete novel, The Last Tycoon, is the way it addresses labor relations. I find it really interesting that Starr, who is the person most interested in fair treatment of workers, still opposes unionization. This seems to me to be due to a sort of paternalism, in which being benevolent makes him feel powerful and admired in a manner that I don't think would happen if he supported fair and just wages as part of union-negotiated contracts rather than personal charity.

You could rewrite the paragraph in the third person as follows:

The most important element of F. Scott Fitzgerald's incomplete novel, The Last Tycoon, is the way it addresses labor relations. It is interesting that Starr, who is the person most interested in fair treatment of workers, still opposes unionization. This is due to a sort of paternalism, in which being benevolent makes him feel powerful and admired, in a manner that would not happen if he supported fair and just wages as part of union-negotiated contracts rather than personal charity.

In the second version, it is still obvious that the writer is expressing a personal opinion, but it is written entirely in the third person.

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