"The two wrongs of an alcoholic case", by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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'The Two Wrongs of an Alcoholic Case'

In his writings, F. Scott Fitzgerald sometimes blends many similar character traits among the main characters. So it goes with 'Two Wrongs,' and 'An Alcoholic Case.' Perhaps it may seem an unlikely choice for a comparison/contrast, however I believe these stories are very much correlated. From the way that Fitzgerald typecasts, 'alcoholic artists' as the main characters, to the similarities in the reactions and emotions of the supporting characters, both of which are females. With this also are the cases of the men having changes of hearts and trying to achieve a sense of nobility and character. These are just some of the similarities in Fitzgerald's stories.

These two stories share common thread in that the two main characters are artists, one theatrical producer and one cartoonist, both possessing alcohol problems. In 'Two Wrongs,' Bill McChesney is a successful theatrical producer living in New York, who in three years has produced nine shows of which, one was a flop.

Bill is a man who has it all and knows it. He is a man who takes his profession seriously in the way that it produces many social advantages and opportunities.

In the other story we have an out of work cartoonist who also has an alcoholic problem. His is a condition that is so bad it requires him to have a nurse. This is an obvious and maybe at first glance, the only similarity between the two stories. In Fitzgerald's stories, fictional problems are often the result of alcoholism. There are, however more similarities than that.

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There are also similarities in the supporting characters. Emmy Pinkard in 'Two Wrongs,' is Bill McChesney's wife who is struggling in her pursuit of a career as a ballet dancer. At the same time she...