Fragility In The Great Gatsby

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. In these words, Charles Dickens describes the grand scheme of the Roaring Twenties. Also known as the Jazz Age, this was a decade that for the most part, was full of extravagance. During this time, prominent writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald ruled American literature. Following his success in The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald found inspiration in his life of luxury, alcohol, and a mentally deteriorating wife, and this inspiration soon erupted into his fourth novel. Born to mixed reviews, Tender is the Night was often referred to as being too frivolous, and why shouldn't it be? Following The Great Depression, a novel whose setting is in the grand French Riviera and centered around the extravagant lifestyle of a seemingly perfect couple seems to only rub salt in the wounds of American hearts. However, it is in this frivolity that the novel truly shines. F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, Tender is the Night, uses the pinnacle of society to highlight human fragility in even the most soundest of structures. Dick's persistence in courting Rosemary as well as his alcohol related incidents showcase how easily someone can fall from grace. Beginning with Rosemary, Dick seemed to have a firm grasp on the situation. He showed maturity and elegance in how he went about his affair. However, that maturity and elegance flew out the window as soon as Rosemary's train escapade with Bill Hillis surfaced, and soon after, the pursuee became the pursuer. The significance in this is that all it took for Dick…show more content…
However, he was ultimately subdued by materialistic things as well as human nature and the destruction that ensues them. Dick’s descent from the apex of society is Fitzgerald’s ultimate way of conveying to his audience that no individual is safe from the vices that inhabit this world as humanity is not born without its
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