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In his novel Tender is the Night Scott F Fitzgerald portrays sudden love as an element of self-destruction Dick Diver a robust psychologist falls victim to unforeseen love with his patient Nicole Ultimately the commitment he establishes with her obliterates his social status and moral well-being Dick attempting to cure Nicoles mental illness finds himself taken by her as he looses his ambition for personal success and satisfaction Prior to treating Nicole Dick was known as a classical social charmer His personal aspirations included becoming the best psychologist in the world Dr Dohmler Nicoles child psychologist explains Nicoles psychological problems elucidating her fear of men Nicole who had been sexually abused by her father as a child struggles with insanity as a result Dick seemed to display a positive impression upon Nicole when meeting with her the first few times subsequently he and Dr Dohmler decide that Dick should take on Nicole as a patient Unbeknownst to him however Dick falls in love with Nicole and marries her Marking a drastic turning point in his life Dicks focus alters from achieving scholarly success to caring for his mentally ill wife Although Nicole has made considerable improvement of her condition the birth of their children sends her back into depression The book Dick wrote prior to their marriage was published afterwards and sold quite well However he has since become preoccupied with their travels around Europe and Nicoles increasing depression that his intellect has dulled This pains him because he ceases to be the writer he once was As a last resort to reach any level of scholarly success he accepts Dr Gregory an old friends invitation to open a psychiatric clinic Dicks final hopes for success are lost the evening that Nicole completely relapses into insanity He takes the family to a fair with the expectation that they will reunite The exact opposite actually occurs Nicole becomes hysterical because she learns that Dick
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