Themes Of "Babylon Revisited"

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In general, human beings have the tendancy to make mistakes, but they must remember that no matter how far below they have gone, they can always find help when looking back to good morals and what is really important in life. For example, a criminal who has just served a ten- year sentence can seek farther to find decency and virtue and amend his past actions. Montag, a character from Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 451, makes up for his terrible past of book burning by becoming a book himself, memorizing one word for word to share with others. Just as Bradbury has done with Montag, Fitzgerald is able to make his character Charlie, in "Babylon Revisited, demonstrate to the reader the importance of making up for past mistakes.

In "Babylon Revisited" Fitzgerald is able to display the character Charlie Wales, the protagonist in the story, as having an overall good heart.

He shows weakness in his reminiscent and regretful personality while he shows strength in his amenable and determined personality. He does this through Charlie's thoughts, his actions, and his words to others.

One of Charlie's lines that Fitzgerald uses to show how Charlie misses the old is when Charlie says, "Remember the night of George Hardt's bachelor dinner here? By the way, what' become of Claude Fessenden?" (Babylon Revisited and Other Short Stories, 210). What the author is doing here is showing the reader that Charlie still needs closure on his past. He was a reckless man a few years back and feels like he needs to be reminded of those crazy times he had. For some reason, Charlie has an underlying desire to go back to those old times before his recklessness caused his life to take a turn for the worse.

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