Analysis Of Babylon Revisited By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Jeff Kunkle
Professor Shane Hall
American Literature
26 April 2016
Babylon Revisited Written in 1930, Babylon Revisited is a story set in the Great Depression era, however the narrative represents American culture from across several years. F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of Babylon Revisited, succeeds in framing what American culture was in the 1920s as well as the early 1930s. The story exposes the two cultures through the protagonist Charlie Wales, a business man who “got lucky in the market.” In the story, Charlie’s lifestyle is shown as one of luxury and excess which defines the era before the Great Depression known as the “Roaring Twenties”. As Fitzgerald unravels the narrative, he creates a setting more representative of the time the story was written in. The underlying feeling of depression and loneliness contrasts with Charlie’s lifestyle creating an interesting clash of 1920s consumerism and the conservative culture Americans shifted towards as a result of the economic downturn. Babylon Revisited is a strong culturally relevant piece which explores American culture from the “Roaring Twenties” to the Great Depression era of the 1930s. F. Scott Fitzgerald incorporates both the culture of the “Roaring Twenties” and the culture of Americans during the Great Depression through the life of the protagonist Charlie Wales. The “Roaring Twenties” was a time of excess and celebration and the introduction of “consumer society.” According to the Cambridge Dictionary online,
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