"The Two Wrongs Of An Alcoholic Case", By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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'The Two Wrongs of an Alcoholic Case'In his writings, F. Scott Fitzgerald sometimes blends many similar character traits among the main characters. So it goes with 'Two Wrongs,' and 'An Alcoholic Case.' Perhaps it may seem an unlikely choice for a comparison/contrast, however I believe these stories are very much correlated. From the way that Fitzgerald typecasts, 'alcoholic artists' as the main characters, to the similarities in the reactions and emotions of the supporting characters, both of which are females. With this also are the cases of the men having changes of hearts and trying to achieve a sense of nobility and character. These are just some of the similarities in Fitzgerald's ...view middle of the document...

It could be coincidental perhaps, but the nurse in 'An Alcoholic Case' is the same type of person except on a professional business level. The nurse is assigned, by mistake, to an alcoholic case. She struggles with the case and is offered a chance to drop it. She makes the decision to stay, being loyal to the patient and to her code of helping others. Besides, she has since a complex relationship, complex meaning difficult yet satisfying. In both a similar yet different way, Emmy Pinkard sticks with her husband, putting the career she hasn't even been able to start yet on hold. In contrast with 'An Alcoholic Case,' given the opportunity to stick with him or move to her ambitions and goals as a ballet dancer, she takes the latter. She, while they are supposed to meet again, leaves her husband to fulfill her needs and wants.A third similarity in these two stories is the attempt by the male characters to show nobility and character as an apologetic method. The cartoonist begins his relationship with the nurse on, shall we say, a sour note. He is a 'recovering' alcoholic who is very difficult to work with. Bill McChesney essentially carries his wife around with him, while perhaps unconsciously, putting her career on hold. These characteristics of the two men do not exactly paint pretty pictures. Therefore, it is necessary for them to redeem themselves.Gamble, 3Upon acquiring the knowledge of his condition, Bill McChesney must move away for...

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