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Babylon Revisited

The title of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited" is significant in its denotation and its connotation as it becomes a metaphor for Paris and Charlie's return to it. 1. Babylon was the...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2010, 3:29 am (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

"Babylon Revisited" - which as critic John Higgins remarks, "stands as [F. Scott] Fitzgerald's one virtually flawless contribution to the canon of the short story" -relates the return of reformed...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2012, 8:12 pm (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

Modernism was a highly complex movement, interpreted in a number of different ways over many decades even by its leading practitioners and critics. It is also expressed in a range of different...

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Babylon Revisited

In addition to the symbolism found in the title of Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited"—Babylon being a word for aspects of a society that are degenerate (Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2016, 8:42 am (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

While he suffers from alcoholism and has failed in his previouos attempts to regain custody of his daughter Honoria from his sister-in-law, Charlie Wales of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Babylon...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2009, 8:36 am (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

This story is written in the third person, but whether the narrator is omniscient or limited is debatable—omniscient means that the narrator has access to the internal perspective of multiple...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2019, 2:12 am (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

“Babylon Revisited” tells the story of Charlie Wales. Charlie spends the story working diligently to make up for the sins of his past so that he can have custody of his daughter. The novel deals...

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It is clear that the narrator of this brilliant short story shows Charlie, the central protagonist, as a man who is desperately trying to outrun his past and failing dismally. Charlie is a man who...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2012, 6:43 pm (UTC)

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These words are spoken in a conversation between the story's protagonist, Charles Wales, and a bartender. Charles, who's rapidly turning into a full-blown alcoholic, is drowning his sorrows in a...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2020, 12:09 pm (UTC)

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The conflict in "Babylon Revisited" would seem to be between the protagonist, Charlie—who wants to regain custody of his daughter, Honoria—and his sister-in-law, Marion, who doesn't trust him. But...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2018, 2:15 pm (UTC)

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Charlie’s wife Helen died of heart trouble the causes of which were deliberated by those close to her. “Yes, heart trouble.”Marion spoke as if the phrase had another meaning for her. Helen’s...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2012, 11:57 pm (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

Considering "Babylon Revisted" as one of his chefs d' oeuvres, F. Scott Fitzgerald declared to a friend : You see, I not only announced the birth of my young illusions in This Side of Paradise,...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2013, 12:41 pm (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

Without doubt, the root of Honoria's name in "Babylon Revisited" carries with it significant meaning. After years of dissipation and scandalous behavior in Paris, Charlie Wales returns in the hopes...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2013, 4:16 am (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

Charlie returns to Paris after a long absence, and his return there brings back a flood of memories. One bad memory involves the time in 1929 when, after a fight, he locked his wife Helen out in...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2019, 8:50 pm (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited" is significant as it is a clear example of the Modernist time period. This period is considered to have taken place between the years 1900-1950. During this time,...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2015, 3:18 pm (UTC)

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Charlie Wales is a competent, talented man who can make a career success by virtue of his skill, whether in America or Czechoslovakia. This success of his stems at least in part from his arrogant...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2011, 3:13 am (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

A masterpiece of a short story, "Babylon Revisited" has a title pregnant with meaning. A past filled with dissipation and amorality is visited again in the hope of atonement in the present. Charlie...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2014, 3:32 am (UTC)

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I would expect that F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited" makes use of the literary device of allusion in referring to Babylon. An allusion is a reference to a well-known person, place, event,...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2011, 11:45 am (UTC)

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This is a great question based on this excellent short story. I think to answer it we need to remember the context of what is going on here. Charlie is returning to Paris after a long absence to...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2011, 6:55 pm (UTC)

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There are several parallels in the narrative of "Babylon Revisited" and F. Scott Fitzgerald's life. In fact, "Babylon Revisited" is an intensely personal story. Like Charlie and Helen, Fitzgerald...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016, 12:14 pm (UTC)

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According to a criticism written by Carlos Baker, Lord Byron's "Prisoner of Chillon" was a poem read to F. Scott Fitzgerald as a child, a poem that, most interestingly, befits Charlie Wales: A...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2011, 4:06 pm (UTC)

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The title is based on an allusion to the ancient city of Babylon, which was a symbol of orgiastic decadence. Note how this fits into the plot of the short story - Charlie is returning to France for...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2010, 7:29 am (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

Fitzgerald's interweaving of the past with the present in his masterpiece story, "Babylon Revisited" is both a skillful technique which permits the reader's comprehension of more than is narrated...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2014, 8:34 am (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

Fitzgerald likely does this to inspire interest or curiosity in his readers. Sometimes, writers begin their story in the middle or even tail end of a conversation. They purposely provide no other...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2018, 6:13 pm (UTC)

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The setting of "Babylon Revisited" is the 1930s, a period of hedonistic irresponsibility. A parallel is drawn between this economic period and the personal relationships in this story....

Latest answer posted September 18, 2008, 1:39 pm (UTC)

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Here is one definition of sacrifice: . . . the act of deliberately following a course of action that has a high risk or certainty of suffering, personal loss or death (which could otherwise be...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2011, 5:17 am (UTC)

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This is a very astute question. Of course, by the end of the story, it is clear that Charlie has not got what he came to Paris for. Marion's decision to postpone the handing over of her niece into...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2011, 7:20 pm (UTC)

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Babylon was an ancient city on the Euphrates River in Mesopotamia. The Biblical Book of Genesis translates Babylon as meaning "confusion." In addition, Babylon became a city occupied by various...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2013, 9:14 pm (UTC)

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The title of the story is in itself a biblical allusion: the people of ancient Babylon were known to be decadent and sinful, and were eventually punished for it. The protagonist of the story...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2011, 5:43 am (UTC)

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It seems to me that two of the strongest themes of this story are self-doubt and victimhood. Charles appears to be very intent on gaining control of his life. His past misdeeds had drastic impacts...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2019, 7:02 pm (UTC)

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Two themes being explored in this story is the resilience of character, and the effects of self-imposed sabotage. In this case, the sabotage comes from engaging in drinking to excess and attending...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2009, 12:50 am (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

Fitzgerald's characters in "Babylon Revisited" give the impression of being washed out, exhausted by the past, now trying to deal with an uncertain future. The bubble has burst for Charlie Wales....

Latest answer posted April 5, 2018, 12:50 am (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

I would say that "Babylon Revisited" is, more than anything else, about how impossible it is to fully erase one's past mistakes. Indeed, it should be noted that many of the story's most important...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2019, 4:20 am (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

You seem to be slightly confused in this question. Hororia in this excellent story is the nine-year-old daughter of Charlie, and so is clearly not a "golden girl" in the same way that Judy Jones...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2011, 6:57 pm (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

While religion doesn't have an explicit presence in "Babylon Revisited," the theme of redemption is nonetheless prominent. Indeed, the whole story can be seen as a depiction of one man's redemption...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2019, 8:56 am (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

The themes in "Babylon Revisited" address the nature of human existence within the context of one's ability to change and transform your life. Charlie must remain stable and sober,...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2008, 12:07 am (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

Charlie, as a recovering alcoholic tries desperately to rebuild his life after his wife's death and his time in isolation. "After Charlie was released from the sanitarium, he moved to Prague,...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2008, 10:58 pm (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

Helen, and her death, is the source of the resentment between Marion and Charlie. She blames him outwardly for Helen’s death, and indirectly for her and her husband’s lack of prosperity. Marion and...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2012, 12:09 am (UTC)

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Unfortunately, the allusion to Babylon in the title of this great story does not refer to the Tower of Babel, but rather the empire of Babylon that was renowned for its decadence. Thus in this...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2010, 5:34 am (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

We are provided with two instances in the story of Marion dressed in black: First, she wears "a dignified black dinner dress that just faintly suggested mourning." A short time later, when Charlie...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2021, 10:03 pm (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

Fitzgerald wrote “Babylon Revisited” in 1930, a time when he was reflecting on the vagaries of his own life. Like his character, Charlie, Fitzgerald had to face the consequences of his own...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2007, 8:40 am (UTC)

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Babylon Revisited

The heart of a short story lies in its central conflict. The central conflict in "Babylon Revisited" exists between Charlie Wales, Fitzgerald's protagonist, and Marion Peters, his former...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2011, 10:27 am (UTC)

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