The House of Mirth and Babylon Revisited Novel Comparisson

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When a person reads a novel or short story they are looking for something that they can relate to, some similar experience that they share with the characters. Since the fall of man in the garden of Eden people have been experiencing terrible circumstances, some brought about through their own actions, other brought about simply through life, or fate. Since tragedy is so common among humanity, an author can create an immediate connection between the reader and the story through use of tragedy. Both The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton and “Babylon Revisited” by F. Scott Fitzgerald use the main characters, Lily and Charlie, to portray a theme of tragedy brought about by fate, which is relatable to every person who has experienced loss in…show more content…
In a drunken rage he locked his wife out of their home in the middle of a storm. Helen then walked through the storm to her sister’s home where she eventually became sick and died leaving behind a young daughter, Honoria Wales. Because of Charlie’s actions he lost custody of Honoria and she went to live with Marion Peters, Helen’s sister. Years later Charlie returned to Marion with a request. He asked that he be given custody of his daughter. Charlie claimed that he has changed since that horrible night and that now he could be a better father. But fate has a different plan for him. Just when it seems that Charlie will be able to get back his life two friends from his past resurface. These past friends have not changed at all and when they seek out Charlie to rejoin them in their pleasure seeking Marion is lead to believe that Charlie is the same as he was before. Because of this Marion refused to give custody back to Charlie and once again Charlie lost every chance at happiness, all because of a meeting with an old life. “But he wanted his child, and nothing was much good now, beside that fact” is the final sentiment of Charlie as the story ends (Fitzgerald 689). In this telling of tragedy Charlie is “to confront [his] past actions, and to aspire, with little more than a desperate hope, for some means of escape or extenuation before [his life] ends” as explained by John Vickery (63). Vickery goes on to say “Charlie laments his past, entailing as

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