InF. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Babylon Revisited,” the protagonist, Charlie Wales, isportrayed as a victim of his society. In the past, he had a problem withconsuming too much alcohol, and his consequences present themselves in thisstory. After his daughter’s mother “escaped to a grave in Vermont,”(Fitzgerald, 1931) “his child was taken from his control” (Fitzgerald, 1931)and went to live with the mother’s sister and her husband, Marion and LincolnPeters, in Paris, France.
The most prominent consequence of Charlie’s formeralcoholism is society’s inability to see him as anything but an alcoholic. Heis in Paris, not just to visit with his daughter, Honoria, but to ask forMarion’s and Lincoln’s permission to have her live with him, since he “hasn’thad more than a drink a day for over a year” (Fitzgerald, 1931). In hismonologue, he explains to them the reason that he has one drink per day, whichis “so the idea of alcohol won’t get too big in his imagination” (Fitzgerald,1931). Whatever his reason, it has worked for him to keep him sober, but Mariondoes not seem to accept that he has changed and he will not relapse. EvenCharlie’s old drinking friends, Lorraine and Duncan, do not seem to take hisparenting role seriously when they run into Charlie and Honoria while they areat lunch.
Lorraine acknowledges the Honoria’s presence, asking Charlie, “Thisyour little girl?” (Fitzgerald, 1931), but neither Lorraine nor Duncan clean uptheir attitudes, saying “pinch him and see if he’s sober” and pushing to joinCharlie’s and Honoria’s plans “to see the vaudeville at the Empire”(Fitzgerald, 1931). The tragedy ends with Charlie being unsuccessful in gettinghis daughter back, proving that no one can see Charlie as anything but analcoholic.