Babylon Revisited Analysis Essay

891 Words Mar 30th, 2012 4 Pages
“Babylon Revisited” is a heart felt, beautifully delicate exploration of success, failure and redemption. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses his main character Charlie Wales’ past, present, and desired future to paint a portrait of the things that he feels are the most important in life. Success is examined through the actions of Charlie and his wife during the height of their wealth and the strain that it can cause. Failure is unfolded in Charlie’s loss of wealth and family and finally, redemption is explored through Charlie’s desire to raise his daughter and control his apparent alcoholism. Charlie Wales was wealthy. While he lost some money in the stock market crash (232), he became very wealthy in the subsequent market boom. He was described …show more content…
The Charlie’s greatest failure though was the tragic, childish mistake he made when he locked Helen out in the snow. After that incident, Charlie drinks his way into a sanitarium and gives away guardianship of his daughter Honoria to his sister-in-law Marion in attempt to bring some peace to Helen (225). It was those series of events that caused Charlie to later lament “…but I lost everything I wanted in the boom.”(232) Living decadently and wildly did not work out for Charlie. He lost his wife, his daughter, and his wealth. Even so, Fitzgerald wanted his readers to realize that Charlie wasn’t without hope; he could be saved. Charlie pulled himself out of the gutter and did his best to break ties with his past. He went to work in Prague and was clear to point out “they don’t know about me down there” (216) which seems to be a clear indication that Charlie wanted to separate himself from places and people from his old life. He also broke the control alcohol had on him and limited himself to one drink a day as he explained to Lincoln (218). The reader gets the sense that Charlie really wanted to change and had changed when he did his best to keep his old friends from interfering with his time out and about with Honoria. He even declined to sit with Lorraine and Duncan, making the point that his “own rhythm was different now” (222). Perhaps the one thing that Charlie really needs for his story of redemption

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