The Night By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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F. Scott Fitzgerald produced Tender is the Night as a depiction of the post-World War I era influenced by the Roaring Twenties, the Jazz Age, and alcohol. The novel primarily focuses on two individuals, Dick and Nicole Diver, who live an extravagant lifestyle together filled with poise, travel, and superficial happiness during the peak of the Roaring Twenties. As the novel progresses, Dick starts to transition from the man everyone wants to be around to a man who doesn 't bring happiness anymore. The Divers ' relationship slowly starts crashing down, and their mental state follows. Because of this, Dick has a breakdown and is left alone with no motivation for his profession and a bad alcohol problem. His transformation throughout the novel parallels the 1920 's lifestyle of dramatic social change and enthusiasm altering to a severe downturn like the Great Depression. Dick Diver 's deterioration from energetic life-of-the-party to spiraling drunk is a fall from grace; his ambition to live a lifestyle that is supposed to provide excitement because of society 's new distinctive prosperity collapses due to him not fulfilling his desires to live a life that is most meaningful to him, which shows the flaws of the Roaring Twenties.
Dick Diver represents the Roaring Twenties because he is a charismatic character who is a member of the upper class society and draws many people to him, but unfortunately slips through the cracks of a seemingly perfect lifestyle. When Rosemary is on the…

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