Babylon Revisited | Critical Essay by John V. Hagopian

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Babylon Revisited.
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Critical Essay by John V. Hagopian

SOURCE: "A Prince in Babylon," in Fitzgerald Newsletter, No. 19, Fall, 1962, pp. 1-3.

In the following essay, Hagopian examines what he describes as religious, Dantesque elements in the story.

Despite the obvious symbolism of the title, critics have not generally observed that F's [Fitzgerald's] "Babylon Revisited" is a religious story—more exactly a Catholic, Dantesque story. Not only does it evoke the mood of paralysis and defeat of the Waste Land generation following the stock market crash of 1929, but it renders with understanding and compassion the purgatorial suffering of a man for whom repentance and social readjustment alone are not enough to redeem his past. Nevertheless, as the symbolism and dramatic action both suggest, eventual redemption is probable.

F [Fitzgerald] was born into a Catholic family and had a Catholic upbringing; and his most important short story, like...

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