Analysis Of ' Babylon Revisited ' And Williams ' A Streetcar Named Desire
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In any situation, if a person’s reputation precedes his or her appearance it is not healthy nor virtuous. However, it does happen and is most useful in stories, poems, and plays where literary devices are able to be observed in their relation to this constant idea. The notion of a preceding reputation is also interconnected with a particular theme. This particular theme would encompass the idea that a person’s past transgressions will, indeed, haunt his future. F. Scott Fitzgerald and Tennessee Williams use this theme in some of their greatest works. In both Fitzgerald’s “Babylon Revisited” and Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, various literary devices are used in order to establish the cohesive, coalesced theme.
In “Babylon Revisited,” the story is told from the perspective of the audience, however, it follows Charlie Wales, a man with a reckless background. After losing his wealth and, consequently, his role as a father, Wales is seeking to remedy his life during the time of the story. He visits Honoria - his daughter - and the family of his deceased wife in an attempt to regain custody of Honoria. Marion, Charlie’s sister-in-law, is very reluctant because she believes her sister, Helen, died due to his mistreatment. Though the fact of Helen’s death remains a mystery, it is the effect of Charlie’s recklessness that still haunts his future, thus providing a simple basis for the plot to build upon and to sustain the theme.
In A Streetcar Named Desire, the perspective