F. S. Fitzgerald's Fighting the Past and Self-loathing in Babylon Revisited

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F. S. Fitzgerald's Fighting the Past and Self-Loathing in "Babylon Revisited"

Franklin Scott Fitzgerald's life as a writer in the 1920's shaped the stories that he created. Much of the content of many of his tales correlates with his private life with his wife Zelda, his trouble with alcohol, and their lives in Europe. Fitzgerald wrote the story "Babylon Revisited" - perhaps his most widely read story - in December of 1930, and then it was published in February of 1931 in The Saturday Evening Post. Mathew J. Bruccoli writes in "A Brief Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald" that "The dominant influences on F. Scott Fitzgerald were aspiration...Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, and alcohol," and each of these influences are painfully visible in "Babylon
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Similarly, M.J. Bruccoli writes that "Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald did spend money faster than he earned it" and that Fitzgerald was "unable to manage his own finances." The lack of concern that Charlie and Fitzgerald have over their own financial estates creates an evident bond between the two.

As is explained in "Babylon Revisited," the night that Charlie locked Helen out of the house he had left in a rage because Helen had been flirting with and kissed another man at the event they were at. Whether or not his storming out is justified, the flirting and the kiss - whether spurred by inebriation or not - shows a strain in the Wales' marriage and it can be fairly presumed that the kiss was not the first time that Helen had acted in that way. During one of the Fitzgeralds' stays in France over the summer and fall of 1924, their marriage was "damaged by Zelda's involvement with a French naval aviator," according to Buccoli, again showing that Charlie and Fitzgerald suffered similar situations.

Further creating an undeniable connection between Charlie and Fitzgerald is Charlie's past drinking problem that continues to haunt him and his regaining of Honoria - his daughter and his honor - by constantly reminding him of his previous way of life. In the course of Charlie's attainment of wealth, both he and Helen would opt to get drunk at parties, bars, clubs, and

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