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Faculty Mentors

Dr. Allen Gee

Abstract

There is no question that Charlie Wales has made mistakes in his past. He has lived in excess, wasting time and money on drinking and childish games, eventually costing him more than francs and months. After losing his wife to the grave, his child to the control of his sister-in-law, and his sense of self to a sanatorium in an attempt to overcome his alcoholism, Wales returns to Paris where we encounter him in the beginning of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Babylon Revisited.” Critics question whether “Charlie is … ‘the old Wales,’ as his former friends call him, or the new”. Despite their reservations, Charlie is indeed a changed man, one who has control over his past and is now ready to spend his time and money on what matters most to him – his daughter.

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