illustrated portrait of main character Gloria Gilbert Patch

The Beautiful and Damned

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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What is the climax of the novel The Beautiful and Damned?

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I think the best answer to this question is rather to suggest that the novel does not have a climax at all. Fitzgerald, in his portrait of decadence and dissipation, gradually diminishes Anthony and Gloria's lives until there is little left. Their fall from grace is not glamorous or dramatic like their former lives; it instead shows them dissolving into rootless and pathetic figures.

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