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Why does F. Scott Fitzgerald favor the predicament of the hero on the edge of the glamorous life, looking at it with these conflicting emotions, suffering from and in an odd way delighting in his exile?

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In both his personal and professional life, F. Scott Fitzgerald was both a unique individual and the product of his times. Elements of Fitzgerald's own experiences appear in the plots and characters of his fiction. Probably more than any other writer, he captures the paradoxes of the transition that the United States was undergoing in the first three decades of the twentieth century. The successful depiction of an array of perspectives demands that a writer stand (at least a bit) on the edge of the society that one depicts.

We might consider the character of Nick in The Great Gatsby as having a similar position and perspective to Fitzgerald's own. Nick is a displaced Midwesterner who attended an Ivy League school and survived World War I, as did Fitzgerald. He is marginally involved with the events in which Jay and Daisy are central.

Fitzgerald's gift is to be at once a part of all the characters, and yet not fully identified with any of them. We might try to imagine the novel with a different...

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