Character Analysis from Bablyon Revisited

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Character Analysis from “Babylon Revisited”

The love between a parent and their child can never be broken. And that is proven to be true in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story “Babylon Revisited”. Even though the main character, Charlie Wales, loses custody of his daughter, Honoria, to his sister-in-law; he does everything he can to regain it. In order for this to happen he had to completely turn his life around from one that centered around booze and throwing money around, to that of a caring father with a steady job who doesn’t go out drinking until the wee hours of the next morning. Throughout the story Charlie Wales has to preserver through the sins of his past to become a better person for not just himself, but for his daughter as well.

“Every story hinges on the actions undertaken by its main character, or protagonist” (Gioia, Gwynn 855). And in this story there is no doubt who the protagonist is, it is Charlie Wales. He made his money during the stock market boom in the early 1920’s and moved his wife, Helen, and their daughter to Paris to enjoy life. It was there that his life turned for the worse. As they traveled through Europe, due to his lack of a job and his new social circle, Charlie developed a major drinking problem and spent his nights drinking with buddies. This caused his relationship with his wife to sour and at one point he locked her out of the house during a storm. To add to his issues, he learns that most of his money is now gone because of the stock market crash. At this point he checks himself into a sanitarium to treat his alcoholism. According to the Annual Alcoholism Report from A.D.A.M, “either anxiety or depression may increase the risk for self-medication with alcohol. Depression is the most common psychiatric problems with people with alcoholism or substance abuse” (Zieve, Simon 3). As gesture to his deceased wife, to show he would do anything for her, he assigns legal custody of Honoria to...
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