Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

After Fitzgerald was first introduced to me in my freshman English class, I was captivated by his intricate plots and in-depth depiction of the characters’ emotions and thoughts. I then decided to go on a Fitzgerald binge, and the intrigue of Tender Is the Night proved my choice to be a good one.

At the start of the story, the protagonist Dick is presented as a mysterious, almost omnipotent man. In the eyes of young Rosemary, Dick is an attractive medical man with good manners, and she falls in love with him at first sight. However, as the story progresses, Dick became weaker and weaker in my eyes as his insecurities and impotencies are exposed. As a romantic scholar who is living a luxurious life that is forced upon him and therefore repulsive to him, he deteriorates throughout the course of the book to his eventual demise. Dick is depicted as an accomplished man with ambitions and numerous opportunities at the start of the book, yet, in the end, his loved ones all left him and he ends up living in oblivion. The inner thoughts of Dick and his interactions with both Rosemary and his wife, Nicole, were fascinating to read about. More than just a beautiful, tragic, love story, Tender Is the Night unveiled to me the conflicts and beauties of human relationships and society.

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