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The Use of Alcohol in Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night Essays

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The Role of Alcohol in Tender is the Night All of the primary characters in Tender is the Night are wealthy enough they can lead a life of leisure. One of the main activities of the lifestyle is drinking. Drunkenness causes and is the result of many negative things that occur to the figures. That can be evidenced the most by the activities of Abe North and Dick Diver. The first time we meet Dick Diver in Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night he's "going from umbrella carrying a bottle and small glasses in his hands"(Fitzgerald, 11). From there on there is alcohol involved in virtually every scene. The very first time that alcohol played a major part was in the duel involving Tommy Barban and Mr. McKisco. McKisco was drunk when he challenged Tommy to the duel. He was also drunk when the duel went on. Both shots missed and the duel was over, but the function of alcohol had made its impression. Abe North was the first character to be portrayed as an alcoholic. Rosemaary noticed that "his eyes were bloodshot form sun and wine"(Fitzgerald, 60) and that "he was constantly stopping in places to find a drink"(Fitzgerald, 60). He repeatedly missed the boat back into America and as a consequence of his drinking habits that a dead Negro appeared in Rosemary's bedroom. Abe North eventually died in a fight at a speakeasy. Drinking caused his entire downfall. There really was not much background given on Abe that could give the reasons that he drank. His career was not too effective, but it really could not be determined which came first, his drinking or his lack of success. Rosemary had her first drink with all the Divers and the Norths. She did this because she thought it would somehow bring her closer to the group. She...

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