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Brief Summary Of Babylon By F. Scott Fitzgerald And The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner By Randall Jarrell

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In the reading of “Babylon Revisited” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is the tale of the return of an American expatriate to Paris. The protagonist is named Charlie Wales. We find him in the Ritz bar chatting to the barman about the whereabouts of his past drinking buddies. He also describes Paris as being mostly desolate compared to many years earlier. Charlie describes himself as being soberer for more than a year and he now lives in Prague. He then leaves in a taxi and moves about aimlessly through Paris. Later in time, Charlie goes to his brother-in-law’s house where is five year old daughter Honoria jumps in his arms. As the story progresses, we realize that Charlie ...view middle of the document...

Most probably this poem is based on life experiences. This reading gives us an insight on the death and violence that must have occurred during the war. We cannot come close to imagining the fear and feeling of despair the ball turret gunner must have gone through, meanwhile his enemies kept attacking him from every direction. As the poem continues, the gunner realizes that death is inevitable for him. He is now miles from the ground and about to face death. “Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life” (Jarrell, 2013, p. 2380). The turret is the final place we find the gunner alive. In the ending to this poem, the ball turret gunner’s body is washed out of the turret using a hose. In essence, this poem describes the shortly lived life of most soldiers during that period. The poem also accounts for the numberless bloodshed spilled in the name of war. The writer describes the brutality of war and associates it to death. The soldier, forgotten and discarded, like if he was never born. This proving that life is not valued by others, but rather thought to be expendable. Randall Jarrell style of writing helps us better connect to the poem by depicting the reality of war and gives us an understanding of what terrors the soldiers had to face.

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