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How would you compare The Beautiful and Damned with The Great Gatsby?

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Both The Beautiful and Damned and The Great Gatsby are novels about a male protagonist's existential struggles and eventual downfall. Both works explore the societal concept of the American Dream through the lens of 1920s Modernism. The Great Gatsby acts as a cautionary tale of rags to riches as Jay Gatsby succeeds in making his fortune but fails to feel satisfied. The Beautiful and Damned is a riches to rags story, where wealthy heir Anthony Patch's marriage and inheritance fall to ruin but he is able to retain his own self-satisfaction. The two novels hold a pessimistic view of extreme wealth and decadence, depicting patrons as vapid and unfeeling people who are prone to alcoholism. They seem to favor the idea that an examined and purposeful life full of emotional wealth is far greater and more fulfilling than materialism.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's second novel, The Beautiful and Damned, is a pseudo-allegory to his real-life struggles with his wife, Zelda. In the story, Anthony and Gloria attempt to...

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