A tragedy in literature refers to a story whereby the reader is drawn more serious aspects of human life by the misfortune and terrible events that the main character undergoes or causes. Babylon Revisited by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a tragic tale where Charlie the protagonist’s oral decay results in n tragedy and self-awareness. The stock market crashes and he loses his wealth, his wife Hellen and daughter Honoria. When he tries getting his daughter back, he fails again. Charlie is a tragic character who strives to change his past and become a better man but he just cannot seem to escape the ghosts of his past.
The main characteristic of a tragic hero is his flaws, which result in tragedy. Charlie’s lifestyle choices led to his wife’s death. His failure in life is because of his indulgence in alcohol. The death of his wife can be blamed on his drinking since he locked her out after a fight and that is where she got Pneumonia and died. He fails to get Honoria back due to his drunkard friends even though he had gotten sober. The downfall of a tragic character is due to his own doing. Therefore, Charlie is the cause of all the misfortunes happening in his life, and the mistakes of his past keep following him despite his willingness to make amends. The tragedy that befalls the character is not entirely deserved. Charlie did not deserve the rejection of Honoria because the act of his friend’s breaking in was not his fault. He had displayed a willingness to change by maintaining his sobriety and wanting his child back.
In conclusion, Babylon Revisited by F. Scott Fitzgerald depicts Charlie as a tragic character whose actions result in the death of the people around him. His indulgence is alcohol made him make a bad decision that affected the welfare of his loved ones. Although he promised to change, his daughter rejected him because of his drunkenness.
Fitzgerald, Scott. Babylon Revisited