In F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "The Ice Palace," what is southern about Sally Carrol?

Expert Answers
appletrees eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"The Ice Palace" is one of Fitzgerald's most well-loved stories and one that portrays the author's fascination with the culture of the South and Southern women in particular. Sally Carroll has many things about her that typify her origins and the story relates these by making her the focual point of the story, and by bringngher back to her original Southern location at the end which captures the languorous, lazy mood of the hot day. The fact that Sally Carroll loves her own name which is composed of two names, but "hates" it when people call her "Sally" is one example of a Southern attitude, a certain old world formality among those with "good breeding" that dispenses with nicknames. She is also portrayed as being imaginative and romantic, as when she fantaszies about the life of Margery Lee, the woman whose name appears on a gravestone they encounter. Her dislike of cold weather is exemplified in the terror she feels when she becomes temporaily lost in the ice palace, when she screams "Take me home!" again and again and even the love an concern of Harry is not enough to console her. Her return to her Southern environs at the end suggests she will never find life in the Northeast, or indeed anywhere else, suitable.

Read the study guide:
The Ice Palace

Access hundreds of thousands of answers with a free trial.

Start Free Trial
Ask a Question