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by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In what sense is The Great Gatsby an autobiographical novel? Does Fitzgerald write more of himself into the character of Nick or the character of Gatsby, or are the author’s qualities found in both characters? Provide quotes as evidence.

There are elements of Fitzgerald's autobiography in The Great Gatsby in both Nick Carraway, the novel's narrator, and Jay Gatsby, the titular character. All hail from the Midwest and sought to rise in American society as self-made men.

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There are many similarities among Fitzgerald, Nick, and Gatsby. All are sons of the Midwest, and both Nick and Gatsby served in WWI, something Fitzgerald wanted to do before the Armistice ended his chances to earn the medals of which Gatsby was so proud. It is fair to say that each is a member of the Lost Generation: Fitzgerald as an often expatriated artist and Nick and Gatsby as restless war veterans eager to start new lives.

Nick Carraway is, like Fitzgerald, a writer. As such, both are keen observers of the lives of others while retaining elements of being an outsider. Nick participates in and records the events of the tumultuous summer he spends on Long Island but maintains a...

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