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F. S. Fitzgerald's Struggling the Past and Self-loathing at Babylon Revisited

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F. S. Fitzgerald's Struggling the Past and Self-Loathing at "Babylon Revisited" Franklin Scott Fitzgerald's life for a writer in the 1920's shaped the stories that he created. Much of the content of many of his stories correlates with his personal life with his wife Zelda, his trouble with alcohol, and their lives in Europe. Fitzgerald wrote the story "Babylon Revisited" - perhaps his most widely read story - at December of 1930, and after that it was published in February of 1931 in The Saturday Evening Post. Mathew J. Bruccoli writes in "A Short Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald" which "The dominant effects on F. Scott Fitzgerald were aspiration...Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, and alcohol," and every one of those influences are painfully visible in "Babylon Revisited." Charlie Wales, the most important character in "Babylon Revisited," is obviously a picture of Fitzgerald and the lifestyle that he lived in the roaring twenties, however the fact that Fitzgerald's writing seems to assume is as insignificant as Charlie's giving up alcohol. The bond between Fitzgerald and Charlie Wales, nevertheless, isn't quite as trivial as the contempt which Fitzgerald retains for the lifetime that both he and Charlie undergone: both Charlie and Fitzgerald experience financial success, enduring unions, along with alcoholism. Through the narration of Charlie's past and his discussions with several characters in "Babylon Revisited," it is explained that Charlie became slightly wealthy from the boom of the 1920's and spent it frivolously. Charlie and Helen Wales enjoyed a carefree lifestyle full of parties, plays, and other functions of high society in which they paid exorbitant sums of money to each individual that they dealt with, where Charlie remembers "thousand-franc notes awarded to a orchestra for enjoying...

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