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An Analysis of Babylon Revisited In the short story Babylon Revisited a man named Charlie Wales has come back to Paris with the intent of regaining custody of his nine year old daughter She has been staying with her aunt and uncle since the death of her mother Being in Paris brings back memories of his previous lifestyle of drinking late night socializing and excessive spending During lunch with his daughter he encounters two friends from his carousing days but since he is attempting to turn his life around he has no desire to renew their friendship He politely declines their invitation to meet up later so that he can spend time with his daughter While finalizing the details with his sister-in-law regarding his daughter they are interrupted by his former cohorts from the restaurant resulting in the postponement of custody The central idea is that people make mistakes but if they are given a second chance it is possible to turn their life around Personification is one of the literary terms used in this story The examples his heart sat up rigidly and his heart leaped are giving his heart human characteristics The first quote is referring to how nervous Charlie is feeling when he is at his sister-in-law Marions house He knows that she dislikes him and the anticipated talk of custody probably contributed to this feeling The second quote demonstrates his excitement and happiness when his daughter Honoria tells him that she desires to live with him When Charlie and Honoria are having lunch together he asks her the name of her child referring to her doll When Honoria states that her childs name is Simone she is giving her doll life when in reality it is just a toy Dramatic irony is another term that is used in this story Charlie claims that he has control of his drinking
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