I need help defending Fitzgerald's right to the title of spokesperson for his generation  I need help defending Fitzgerald's right to the title of spokesperson for his generation.  

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Susan Hurn eNotes educator| Certified Educator

From the time he burst on the literary scene with his first novel, This Side of Paradise, no American writer represented his historical era as well as F. Scott Fitzgerald. The enormous success of his first novel showed that Fitzgerald had captured the essence of his generation and spoke for it. His term, "The Jazz Age," became as commonly accepted as the "Roaring Twenties" in describing the 1920s in America. Fitzgerald's characters, such as Jordan Baker, epitomized the "flapper," the young and lovely girl who rebelled against the social traditions of turn-of-the-century America. The Great Gatsby, rich in historical allusions, still stands as the American novel which most completely captures the life and times of the 1920s. Also, Fitzgerald's famous essay, "Echoes of the Jazz Age," shows that he assessed and understood his generation with honesty and insight. 

Noelle Thompson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Well, there's no better representation than extravagant wealth in the "Roaring Twenties" than the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald!  He was obsessed with (and married) a flapper in the form of Zelda Sayre.  He was also obsessed with the consumption of alcohol, and prohibition certainly wasn't going to stop him.  He was further obsessed with lavish parties and extravagant trips both paid for by Zelda's inherited money and by Fitzgerald's (at the time only mild) literary accomplishments.  Those were crazy, crazy times!!!

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