"Babylon Revisited" Essay

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In a person’s life, his/her history can have a significant impact on his present and future. Every person has a different attitude toward her/his past. Some people are trying to ignore or escape their past and to create a bright future; others prefer to immerse themselves in the memories of their past. The best approach is to remember the past mistakes and learn from them for a better future. In the story “Babylon revisited “ each of the main characters deals with their past in a different way. Charlie is trying to move on in his life, but his past creep back to him. Honoria, his daughter lives the present. She is missing him and wants to leave with him. The only person, who remains and remembers vividly the past, is Marion, who is the most influential person in the story. During the story, Charlie is trying to get his daughter back, to forget his negative past and build a bright future along with her. Even though, Charlie is trying to change, the first place he visits in Paris is the bar. In addition, one of the first thing Charlie does in Paris is living his address to the bartender, so his old friend Duncan Schaeffer can find him. Later on that day, Charlie walks to the peters’ house to ask for his daughter and the legal custody on her. At this time, Charlie is sober, he is well and seems like a nice guy. Charlie is trying to prove himself in front of the peters’ family. Charlie promises he will provide proper care for his daughter, unfortunately, Charlie’s’ actions speak louder. On the surface, it looks as he is well and sober, but his change transformation is superficial. Charlie does not indulge himself, but he still has one drink a day and keeps contact with his old friends Duncan and Lorraine; those who were drunk and influenced him negatively in his past. Charlie knows that to take care of Honoria will be laborious, which unconsciously he was not ready for. Charlie's past always pops back up to hunt him, and he can not escape it; he tries to change, but not enough. Honoria is innocent; she thinks more about the present and hopes for a good future with her father. Honoria wants to go with her father, and she does not understand why she does not live with him. Honoria is a little girl, and she is not aware of her fathers’ drinking problem. Honoria asks her father:“Why do not I live with you? …Because mama’s dead?". She feels sorry for the fact that, not only she lost her mother; she has to be away from him too. Honoria lives the present; she believes and trust her father. She does not thinks or care much about the past; she believes she can have a bright future along with her father. Honoria trusts and love her father that make him good feeling. She missed him, and at this point she has truly narrow perspective. She does not look much in the past; all what she cares is about the present and future with devotion to her father. On the other hand, Marion immerse in the negative memories of the past. Marion does not believe in changes. She...

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