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Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night: The Idea as Morality

A. Wilber Stevens

Stevens discusses in this article how Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night exposes the conflict between ideas and morality. He states that problems result when a person's actions are driven solely by intellect. Stevens illustrates how the three main characters in the novel (Dick, Nicole, and Rosemary) personify three American views of knowledge. The themes Fitzgerald portrays through these characters ultimately demonstrate that ideas of action cannot be separated from moral issues, according to Stevens.

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