Mind Map of Babylon Revisited and Other Stories

Babylon Revisited and Other Stories
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Fitzgerald explores themes of social class, love, loss, and regret against the backdrop of the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression. His short stories capture the mood of Americans as they fell from the highs of extravagance and hedonism to the lows of poverty and disillusionment.
Excess
Too much of anything is neither healthy nor good.
Social Acceptance
Rejection is painful, inevitable, and sometimes unexplainable.
Romance
Romance may be fool's gold,
an illusion with no true worth.
Prohibition
Despite alcohol being outlawed in the United States from 1920 to 1933, alcoholism was still rampant and destructive.
Money & the Crash
The stock market made millionaires overnight—until it crashed in 1929 and brought the United States' economy down with it.
Jazz Age
The 19205 was a decade of new, wild trends like jazz music, changing sexual attitudes, and artistic movements like the Harlem Renaissance.
Author
Yale
Represents a haven and training ground for the elite of society
Diamond
Symbolizes wealth but also something that can easily be faked
BabyIon
Stand's for a place of godlessness where anything is permissible
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
1896-1940
Born into a wealthy but not quite upper-class family, Fitzgerald spent his life partying and trying to attain upper-class status. His beloved wife Zelda struggled with mental illness, and Fitzgerald died young. After his death, his work became more popular, and he is now considered a great American author.
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