An Alcoholic Case By F. Scott Fitzgerald And My Son The Murderer

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People might sometimes find themselves in a situation in which there is nothing they can do to help those who they care about, but they do it against all odds anyway. In both “An Alcoholic Case” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and “My Son the Murderer” by Bernard Malamud, the deuteragonists are dealing with the effects war had on them: one falling into alcoholism and the other into depression. Meanwhile the protagonists, the Nurse and Leo respectively, are trying to prevent them from suffering with no favorable outcome. Although both protagonists were concerned about the repercussions war had on their respective deuteragonists, they wanted to lessen their pain for different reasons. Overall, the differences and similarities between these short stories vary from the unpredictable repercussions war has on people’s lives and the despair of not being able to heal the ones you care about. “An Alcoholic Case” is the story of a nurse who is assigned with an alcoholic case. Throughout the story, she struggles to take care of her patient, but at the same time is worried about his sanity. One comes to realize the cause of the patient’s alcoholism when the narrator states, “She knew there were three medals from the war in his jewel box...” and it becomes clear why the man is suffering so much (Fitzgerald 334). He had psychological scars because of what had happened to him while serving in World War I. Similarly, “My son the murder” is a short-story about Leo, a father who becomes

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