The Importance Of The Workings Of Desire In Dexter Fitzgerald's The Rich Boy

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One of the outcomes of the workings of desire is lack of fulfilment and building tension which can lead to the destruction of the subject. In “The Rich Boy” Anson hunter does not marry Paula, but keeps her in his mind as his ideal. By doing so he prolongs the duration of his desire. He is able to function as a successful businessman. When she dies he is broken, all his buoyancy and vitality is transformed “into the fussy pessimism of a man of forty” (RB: 164). The belief that the object of desire will be eternal is shared by Dexter Green. Dexter has always on his mind Judy whose beauty was for him forever unchanged: “No disillusion as to the world in which she had grown up could cure his illusion as to her desirability” (WD [1922] 2016). After he learns that she lost it he is devoid of the will to live. Years after …show more content…
"Long ago," he said, "long ago, there was something in me, but now that thing is gone. Now that thing is gone, that thing is gone. I cannot cry. I cannot care. That thing will come back no more." (WD[1922] 2016)

Fitzgerald’s protagonists “fall prey to the illusion that there exists a partial object that could equal the indeterminate totality of Desire” (Irwin 2014: 4). When the object disappears or disappoints they shatter. In a more dramatic way Gatsby dies when his desire is disappointed, when he is confronted with the real Daisy. The disappearance of idealised object of desire obliterates their dream and their identity based on this dream.
Finally, desire dissipates if the protagonist has the object of his yearning within his grasp. The men in Fitzgerald stories are seduced by the romantic promise that if they are able to win reciprocity of the “golden girl” and marry her their pursuit of happiness will be over. Anthony Patch “had realised at last what he wanted – to kiss [Gloria] again, to find rest in her great immobility. She was the end of all restlessness, all malcontent.”(BD: 82). He is under the illusion that if he stops the

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