The Analysis on Charlie’s Self-Salvation in Babylon Revisited

Chengying DUAN


Fitzgerald’s famous short story Babylon Revisited was written in the 1930s. The work has two clues. The obvious one described the protagonist Charlie trying to restore custody of his daughter. The invisible one is about Charlie’s self-salvation. It is not only reunion story of a father and daughter but also about a man who used to go astray looking for return. Based on Schopenhauer’s three approaches of self-salvation, which are aesthetic contemplation, practice of the virtues and abstinence philosophy, this paper analyzes Charlie’s approaches to self-salvation. It explores the reasons why Charlie failed to have a real self-salvation after his bustling and luxury life. It demonstrates the tragedy in Charlie’s hope for return.



Fitzgerald; Babylon Revisited; Charlie; Self-salvation; Schopenhauer

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