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Discussion on Point of View and Narration Used by Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Ellison, and Welty

Explain why Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" and Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited" can in some ways be considered autobiographical. How does each writer look at the concept of redemption?

Explain the importance point of view has in Ellison's "A Party Down at the Square" and Welty's 'Why I Live at the P.O." How does it impact the readers understanding of what happens in each story?

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1. Explain why Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" and Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited" can in some ways be considered autobiographical. How does each writer look at the concept of redemption?

Both Hemingway and Fitzgerald were dissolute, hard drinkers who lived the high life until they came to their senses. It was rather a case of too much money and too little self-control for them both. They were very much products of their times, as Fitzgerald's Babylon Revisited tells. The reformed father returns to his old haunts, and relives his glory days when he had it all, and when he lost it all. He wants nothing more than to begin again, but he cannot overcome his decadent past and the mistakes he made there. Some mistakes are permanent, and cannot be fixed, no matter how much regret and self-improvement have occurred in the meantime. The narrator thinks to himself:

There wasn't much he could do now except send Honoria some things; he would send her a lot of things tomorrow. He thought rather angrily that this was just money-he had given so many people money.

His daughter is expecting to be able to live with her one remaining parent, but her parent signed away his rights during that black and bleak time when nothing mattered to him, and now he is at the mercy of others for the one thing that does matter to him now that he has regained his senses. He cannot have ...

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The solution compares and analyzes Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place", Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited", Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Ellison's "A Party Down at the Square" and Welty's 'Why I Live at the P.O."

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