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Dick as Tragic Hero in Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night Essays

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Dick as Tragic Hero in Tender is the Night   Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night tells the story of an American psychiatrist Dick Diver and his wealthy, schizophrenic wife Nicole. We follow the deterioration of the apparently wonderful, joyful marriage of this fashionable couple presented at the first book, to the finalizing divorce of the newly empowered and relatively stable Nicole and the somewhat broken, nonetheless content Dick. Dick's fall from grace is not completely surprising considering the flaws of his character and the choices he makes during the novel. Portrayed during the start of the novel in a really positive light as a great entertainer and also the epitome of social elegance, Dick's personality is not quite as strong, nor as pure as it initially appears. But, Dick isn't an entirely bad person. It's actually some of the more positive aspects of his personality that, in conjunction with the negative aspects, lead to his eventual downfall. Book I of the book presents Dick since the jester on the shore and a huge host. He seems to like a fantastic respect from the people round him. The favorable light cast on Dick in the beginning makes it likely that Dick Diver will ultimately become the "hero" of this book, which is an idea that deserves thought during the publication. However, in the end of Book I, the reader is still not certain of the identity of the main character. "It is entirely plausible at the point in the novel to suppose that Tender is the Night is truly the story of this young actress Rosemary"( LaHood, 27). The vast majority of the first novel revolves around Rosemary and our perspectives of the figures are somewhat stinted by her own impressions of them. It's upon her quite idealized belief of...

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