How are the protagonists relationships in The Beauiful an Damned and Tender is the Night comparable?
In both novels the relationship deteriorates. The protagonists in The Beautiful and Damned are Anthony and Gloria Patch. The protagonists in Tender is the Night are Dick and Nicole Diver.
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In both novels, the main romantic relationship is one that hinges on extreme and flawed notions of romantic love, and both sets of characters harbor unrealistic expectations of what married life will be like for them. As well, the male characters show great professional and social promise while young but gradually their prospects diminish and their character tarnishes through decadence, disillusionment and loss of ambition. The two women are portrayed as being spoiled, vain and manipulative, but both also undergo transformation as they are forced to deal with the deterioration or their husbands. Of course, both relationships also somewhat parallel Fitzgerald's own idealistic and troubled relationship with his wife Zelda.
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