It is no wonder, that when students read literature, some are confused about the
meaning of the story or poem, know little, if anything at all, about the author,
and have trouble memorizing important points. This is not only because of the
limited time allowed, but because the student fails to associate new knowledge
with old knowledge. Making a personal connection is important whether the
instructor recommends it or not. Attention should be given to both the technical
points of the writing and the author's biography. Take, for example, F. Scott
Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited." At first glance, the story wasn't that hard to
understand, so it was a good opportunity to study a piece of 20th century
American literature in a deeper way.
"Babylon Revisited" is often credited for being one of Fitzgerald's greatest
short stories. As Professor Jackson Bryer states on a web site interview, "[It
combines] Fitzgerald's human themes of loss with a background of the social
times in which they take place. ...Paris in the Twenties. ...[These aspects] give
them a resonance (the personal story played within a larger picture) which many
of Fitzgerald's other stories lack" (1). Bryer also feels that "FSF should be
remembered and valued most for the 'how' of his fiction rather than the 'what'
of it, namely his style is what makes him exceptional, not his subject matter.
...he does have the ability to capture feeling and emotion brilliantly as well.
Gatsby's frustration, Charlie Wale's exasperation, ... these are palpably present
Composed in 1931 and published in 1935, "Babylon Revisited" is "the s...
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