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The most interesting part of a story is the ending but what happens when the ending is not clear In discussions of The Ice Palace by F Scott Fitzgerald one controversial issue has been whether the story has a sad or happy ending On one hand Edwin Moses contends that the ending is neutral when he states But the fact that Sally Carrol or anyone else has to reject the ice palace to save herself does not mean that the South represents an ideal existence 13 With this quote the author argues At the end of the story she has not grown 13 This means he thinks nothing has changed since the beginning of the story On the other hand Petry contends that Sally Carrol might have a happy ending when she states The situation is little better in the South 45 This means that although it is not completely perfect Sally still has a relief Although these views might seem like correct points of view they actually share an underlying commonality both talk about how Sally Carrol picked the South and how she ended up in the same scene as the introduction Thus both views are open to the same criticism Moses and Petry do not evaluate whether the South is going to save her This is a very important part to analyze because from there you can get to the conclusion that the story has a sad ending Resolving this issue is important because knowing how these problems affect the character and the story will reveal to us if the main character will survive My own view is that The Ice Palace has a sad ending which would have lead to death if the story had continued because the fact that her dream of going to the North was crushed made her return home with no choice Also by looking at the dialogue at the end it is clearly visible how her soul
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