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Tender is the Night: exploring the psychotic form

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According to dictionary.com, psychosis is a disorder…that indicates impaired contact with reality. According to myself, F. Scott Fitzgerald unintentionally created a work of fiction that hews perfectly to this definition of psychosis in Tender is the Night. In his magnum opus, F. Scott Fitzgerald struggles to break the formal constraints of the novel, as he saw them, and to give new life to the structure of long-form fiction. He interlaces stream-of-consciousness and third-person narrative styles, jumps from the future into the past, and switches narrative perspectives without warning from one character as narrator to another.