- Scott Fitzgerald‘s short story “Babylon Revisited, is about a troubled father trying to start over. Charlie Wales, the main character, says he has been sober for a year and a half. But being a “recovering alcoholic for a year and a half he spends an awful lot of time in a bar. For heaven sakes the story opens in a bar. As the story unfolds we find out that Charlie has a daughter named, Honoria. She is currently living in Paris with her aunt and uncle. Acting almost like a foster home by today’s standards. Charlie is trying to get Honoria to come back home with him to America. However, Marion Peters, his sister-in-law is not giving in to this idea. She does not like Charlie at all. Reader’s find out it’s because he locked his wife, Marion’s sister and their two daughters out of the house on a cold winter night. Charlie says she died of heart problems, but Marion doesn’t believe him, “How much you were responsible for Helen’s death” (Fitzgerald).
Although, Charlie he had a rough past he is ready to move on. However starting over is easier said then done. This story is very realistic, there are thousands of parents that have lost custody of their children and fought to get them back. When Charlie finds out that his chances of getting back his daughter are lost he gets extremely drunk. He even mentions,” Again the memory of those days sweet over him like a nightmare” (Fitzgerald).
After reading “Babylon Revisited”, unlike most of the other readings we have talked about I was able to take something away from the story. Fitzgerald is an amazing author, he has written several stories that readers can learn life lessons from. In this story readers can take way that we don’t always get second chances. Charlie will probably never get the chance to raise his daughter, because of his poor decisions in the past.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. “Babylon Revisited.” The American Tradition in Literature. New York: Mc-Graw-Hill, 2009. Print.