Babylon Revisited by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The story “Babylon Revisited” is composed by Scott Fitzgerald. It has to do with a young man called Charlie Wales who was an alcoholic and was economically struggling after the crash of the stock exchange in the 1920s. He has a daughter named Honoria who deals with his in laws, after he lost his better half Helen in an occurrence which he is partially blamed for. He tries to put his humiliating past behind him. He claims he is sober even after admitting he needs to have one beverage every day. On the favorable note he was able to be solvent again. He works very difficult to try get the custody of his child back while he faces lots of difficulties. The central concept of this story is that we often do not recognize the consequences of our actions, the very best thing to do is to face them and use that as inspiration to alter our life around and acknowledge that the improvement might not be totally accepted by others.
The author reveals Charlie’s relationship with his child and his in-laws by showing their reactions.When he went to his brother-in-law’s house, his child jumps in to his arms revealing warmth and excitement, while Mariom who is his sibling in law provides him the cold shoulder which hints the truth that she is not over the death of her sis and blames this occurrence on him. That does not make her an evildoer due to the fact that she raised Honoria as if she was her own kid however when she continuously brings this up, it demonstrates her frustration towards Charlie. On the other, hand his bro in law seems to be more understanding when Charlie said, “. she can have whole confidence in me. I had an excellent record as much as 3 years earlier. Naturally, it’s within human possibilities I might fail whenever. But if we wait much longer I’ll lose Honoria’s youth and my chance for a home.” programs that he will not give up and want to belong of his daughter’s life.
The author develops a little bit of confusion on Charlie’s change. In the beginning Charlie refused the extra beverage from the bartender and happily says he has actually stuck with one beverage for a year and a half now but the author also hints that his problems might not be completely behind him. When Charlie states to his bartender friend Alix “If you see Mr. Schaeffer, give him this,” he said. “It’s my brother-in-law’s address. I haven’t settled on a hotel yet.” Fitzgerald makes the reader fell concern whether some part of him may want to fall back into his previous habits, consequently why would he be putting himself because circumstance and set himself for failure when he understands Duncan Schaeffer and Lorraine Quarrles are alcoholics. Later on throughout the story he refuses to give his hotel address to them and this shows some improvement but it was too late considering that he currently informed them the address of his in laws. Lorraine and Duncan show up at his sibling in law’s home so drunk. Slurring every word certainly did not assist Charlie’s case of winning his daughter back. His “friends” destroyed this chance for him, but Charlie still hopes he will get his daughter back one day.