How are F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jay Gatsby similar?How can I write an excellent introduction, topic sentence, and thesis? (Gatsby is a symbol of F. Scott Fitzgerald because they both wanted fame...

How are F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jay Gatsby similar?

How can I write an excellent introduction, topic sentence, and thesis?

(Gatsby is a symbol of F. Scott Fitzgerald because they both wanted fame (American Dream) and they both loved very young rich ladies.)

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Jay Gatsby and F. Scott Fitzgerald are similar in the following ways:

-They are both from the Midwest (in the novel, a place which represents Idealism and old-fashioned values).

-They both love women from Old Money families, families which would never have approved of their daughters' lovers.

-They both attended prestigious universities but did not complete their education.

-They are both World War I veterans.

-They both throw extravagant parties.

-They ultimately meet with disillusionment with the American Dream.

As for your paper, in your introduction, you could discuss how authors often pattern their characters after themselves and their own experiences.  Of, you could discuss the original version of the American Dream and how that version has changed throughout American history.

Your thesis statement needs to be one sentence (not a question) and should discuss the fact that Gatsby and Fitzgerald share characteristics.  You could clean up your statement above about Gatsby being a symbol of Fitzgerald and use that for your thesis statement.

Good luck!

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