The Crack-Up Breakdown (Section 1)

Section 1, Paragraph 1

The first paragraph describes F. Scott Fitzgerald feeling trapped and anxious, as he believes the blows he received throughout life may take a toll on his physical and emotional state.The blows can add up, and he uses a conversational tone to place the reader in his position, making us feel anxious and nervous.

Section 1, Paragraph 2

F. Scott Fitzgerald believes he is only successful when he is writing, as a writer and nothing more. His intelligence comes from writing, and he is only satisfied as a writer. Again, this paragraph makes the reader feel anxious and nervous again.

Section 1, Paragraph 3

His twenties has passed in a blink of an eye, much like the roaring twenties, he wished he didn’t miss so many opportunities like playing for the football team to become a hero. Scott Fitzgerald may have given up, and brushed aside his problems as he was too tired to think of the problems to fix them.

Section 1, Paragraph 4

Scott Fitzgerald may have cracked and he is attempting to re-piece his life back together. The dead hand he describes may be the dead hand of him as a writer, and he is attempting to re-piece the cracked plate together by “shooting an arrow”, hoping to gather the pieces and rebuild but he knows he can’t. It’s depressing as all hope could be lost, as Humpty¬†Dumpty couldn’t be together again.

Section 1, Paragraph 5

Scott Fitzgerald may be experiencing a mid-life crisis, with nothing left to do but everything to do. He’s lost many opportunities he wished he could get back, but he knows somewhere in his heart that he’s accepting his role in society now.

Section 1, Paragraph 6

The depressing ending before he begins his next section and how he became cracked. Scott Fitzgerald explains that at the age of 39 he was already prematurely cracking, even though he wasn’t forty yet. This is shocking and depressing because if Scott Fitzgerald can prematurely crack, then so can anyone!

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