The condition of Fitzgerald’s wife mirrors the death of Charlie’s wife in the story. During the story, Charlie’s wife is dead. Scott Donaldson describes Zelda as “a victim of the reckless and expensive life they led during the boom years” (8). Similar to Charlie, Fitzgerald lived a reckless lifestyle along with his wife Zelda. Fitzgerald and Zelda drank and partied uncontrollably so much during the twenties that they even cheated death by standing and riding on top of a taxi through New York City. Although both couples led reckless lives, Fitzgerald and Charlie love their wives dearly. Fitzgerald writes in “Babylon Revisited,” “He...
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.... Similar to Charlie, Fitzgerald regrets his past mistakes including his wife’s condition. Charlie’s daughter, who was taken away from him, is another autobiographical aspect that Fitzgerald incorporates. The struggles and successes that Fitzgerald encountered throughout his life, his short stories, his novels, and his legend helped epitomize him as one of the greatest autobiographiucal writers of his time, still recognized in the literature world nearly nine decades later.
Donaldson, Scott. “American Novelists. F. Scott Fitzgerald.” Dictionary of Literary Biography 9 (1981); 3-18. Web.
Fitzgerald, Francis Scott Key. “Babylon Revisited.” Jeff Lindemann’s LearningWeb. Houston Community College, n.d. Web. 29 July, 2011.
Prigozy, Ruth. “American Short-Story Writers. F. Scott Fitzgerald.” Dictionary of Literary Biography 86 (1989); 22-123. Web.
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