The Disenchanted Research Paper

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Research paper: The Disenchanted
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life and work were in a knot from the start; his profession spanned one of the most tumultuous eras of the century, and from the very start he was the creator and the victim of the new culture of celebrity which accompanied the rise of modern technology. Budd Schulberg masterfully created a character that closely and in many ways represents Fitzgerald in his later years; Manley Halliday is that character. “His mind’s eye, incurably bifocal, could never stop searching for the fairy-tale maiden who made his young manhood a time of bewitchment, when springtime was the only season and the days revolved on a lovers’ spectrum of sunlight, twilight, candlelight and dawn.”[Ch.10]. Fitzgerald
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As previously discussed, at the end of the novel “Take it from me, baby, in America nothing fails like success” [Ch. Slow Dissolve] Halliday is a tragic American failure; a failure of success. Schulberg writes “Writer starts a rebel. Hits out at his own roots. Spoon River, Sauk Center, Pottsville County club, wherever it is. Book’s a success—writer’s like a race horse—moves up in class. Gets money—goes away—New York—Europe—starts writing things he doesn’t know—shoulda stayed home. Stayed put. Stayed in bed.” [Ch. 12] Halliday is talking about how a writer’s start is at the beginning of their career and where it will eventually take them. Eventually, the writer will part ways with himself and try to adapt to what they consider is the more “educated” places around the world. In this process the writer will lose their original thoughts and ideas. Success is a topic that is discussed several times throughout the novel Halliday even says, “Temptation. That’s writers in America…Nothing fails like success. Write one bestseller here, one hit play, Big Success. Do one thing, get rich ‘n’ famous. Writers get caught up in American system. Ballyhoo. Cocktail parties. Bestseller list. Worship of success.” [Ch.12]. Halliday has let his triumphs and successes ruin him. In the

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