“Show Me A Hero And I’ll Write You A Tragedy” – F. Scott Fitzgerald –

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F. Scott Fitzgerald was exceptionally equivocal towards the American dream. He saw it as intriguing and lustrous yet dangerous and complex. His thoughts and his works express his extensive and adventurous imagination. Fitzgerald lived a life of disappointment and depression. His novels are representations of his life and his struggles. He had many marital issues and eventually divorced which led him into the pit of alcoholism. His books reveal his emotion and therefore rarely entertain a happy ending. Both books I have selected revolve around the struggle of love. The Great Gatsby is about the struggle for love and Tender is The Night is about the struggle to keep love. These themes are ...view middle of the document...

This symbol is also prevalent in Tender is the Night but instead of classifying people by wealth, he categorizes them by skin color.
At the beach the two groups are separated geographically and even though on the same beach, they are on different types of sand. “’We wanted to warn you about getting burned the first day’, she continued cheerily, ‘because your skin is important, but there seems to be so darn much formality on this beach that we didn’t know whether you’d mind.’” (Tender is the Night 7). This quote is important in the book because it separates the Divers from the McKiscos. They are the two types of people on the beach, the Divers are tan and the McKiscos are white. This physical distinction is a symbol that Fitzgerald uses in both books to further his theme of separation. Both groups of people confront Rosemary to make her aware of her skin so that she can decide whose side she will be on. This is a very important part of the book because it decides what path Rosemary will take. Another symbol in this book is the North and South side of Chicago, which like Gatsby classifies the people by the socio-economic scale. Fitzgerald uses this classification to represent the coming to age of Rosemary. When these groups meet up everything goes badly, and no good can come from bad. In these stories the two sides attempt to splice and it ends tragically. Fitzgerald does this to explain how the socio-economic ladder should not be mixed. He covey’s this point in order t.

Incorporated within Fitzgerald’s novels is the lesson that pursuing unrealistic goals will end in defeat. In both books the main characters thrive to be or do something that is not possible. They invest time and loads of effort into it, but it never succeeds. “’I wouldn’t ask too much of her,’ I ventured. ‘You can’t repeat the past.’ ‘Can’t repeat the past?’ he cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you can!’” (The Great Gatsby 110). Gatsby believes you can repeat the past because that is all he wants to do. His life goal is to be married to Daisy. Gatsby has been pursuing this dream for five years and is failing. Gatsby ends up dead because of his longing for this unrealistic love. The sign for Gatsby to have stopped was when Daisy turned him down, but he continues. Finally Gatsby is shot and killed while looking at the green light (Daisy; his dream) and never satisfied his fantasy of being with Daisy. Whereas in Tender is the Night, Dick Diver was living the dream until it came crashing down. This is a similar downfall that Gatsby experienced but it is different because he started out living the good life. But in Fitzgerald’s stories, the hero will never win. He even says, “Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy” (F. Scott Fitzgerald), which is precisely why I chose it as my title.
Dick had money and a beautiful wife who was very young but then made wrong decisions and ended up loosing it all. “He knew that what he was now doing marked a turning point in his life—it was...

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