"Babylon Revisited" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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"Babylon Revisited" by F Scott Fitzgerald F. Scott Fitzgerald is known as the spokesman of the "Lost Generation" of Americans in the 1920s. The phrase, "Lost Generation," was coined by Gertrude Stein "to describe the young men who had served in World War I and were forced to grow up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken" (Charters 489). Fitzgerald exemplified the generation that Stein defined. His family, with help from an aunt, put him through preparatory school and then through Princeton University (Charters 489). Fitzgerald’s family hoped that he would stop "wasting his time scribbling" and would be serious about his studies (Charters 489). However, he left college before graduating and accepted a…show more content…
The whole world of Charlie and his sister-in-law Marion changed the night that Charlie closed the door on his wife and "locked her out" which eventually led to her death (Fitzgerald 498). This is where Charlie’s own alienation begins. In his search for meaning by reestablishing a close family life, he expresses to Marion his fear of losing his daughter’s "childhood" and his "chance for a home" – he has already lost much of his life (Fitzgerald 498). For Marion, Charlie represents "the discouragement of ill health and adverse circumstances" (Fitzgerald 499). She has linked Charlie and these events into a "tangible villain" that she can never trust – she feels that Charlie’s true character will never ultimately change (Fitzgerald 499). Section IV begins with Charlie reflecting on his hopes for his new life with his daughter. These thoughts are saddened as he feels he should be making these plans with his dead wife. He vows "not to love [his daughter] too much" because he doesn’t wish for her to experience the same loneliness he has which would led her to "turn against love and life." Charlie has not "turned against love and life" yet, and he is hopeful for another chance to find meaning in love and life with his daughter (Fitzgerald 500). Before leaving his hotel, Charlie receives a telegram from Lorraine wishing to continue the drunken good times she remembers with him. Charlie recalls these "good times"
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