In what sense is The Great Gatsby an autobiographical novel?

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Even though The Great Gatsby is not an autobiography, there are a number of autobiographical details. First, both Gatsby and Fitzgerald lived in the same time period, the roaring twenties. So, both experienced the same ethos. Second, Fitzgerald fell in love with a woman of higher standing, a socialite (Zelda) like Gatsby did with Daisy in the novel. Moreover, both men tried their best to win them over. Their methods were different, but both were passionate. Jay Gatsby threw elaborate parties to attract Daisy; Fitzgerald wrote. Fitzgerald also served in WWI, like Gatsby. Also both men lived in Europe for a time.

If we change directions just a bit, then we can also make the case that other characters in the novel also reflect Fitzgerald’s life. Some...

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