Fitzgerald creates detailed, dynamic, and believable characters in Tender is the Night such as the protagonists Dick Diver, Nicole Diver, and Rosemary Hoyt. Dick Diver is rich, charismatic, popular, and a brilliant psychiatrist, but throughout the novel, he transforms into the shadow of the man he used to be and loses everything. In book 2, which takes place before the events of book 1, renowned psychiatrist Dick Diver becomes the doctor of rich heiress Nicole Warren, who suffers from the mental disorder schizophrenia due to her father’s incestuous behavior with her during childhood. In book 1, which takes place when Dick and Nicole are married, the world of the Divers is a perfect one. Their marriage is stable, but this “flawless” life decays over time. Dick Diver’s excessive pursuit of beauty as soon as he sees the young and pretty Rosemary foreshadows the Diver’s decay of marriage. In the beginning of the novel Dick entertains people and brings them happiness by oftentimes throwing ravishing parties: “So long as they subscribed to it completely, their happiness was his preoccupation” (Fitzgerald 41). Because of his handsome appearance and attractive n...
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