Tender Is The Night
Dick and Nicole Diver were a glamorous couple who took a villa in the South of France and surrounded themselves with a circle of friends, mainly Americans. Also staying at the resort were Rosemary Hoyt, a young actress, and her mother. Rosemary got sucked into the circle of the Divers; she fell in love with Dick and was also adopted as a close friend by Nicole. Dick first toyed with the idea of an affair with Rosemary at this point, which he finally acted upon years later.
However, Rosemary sensed something was wrong with the couple, which was brought to light when one of the guests at a party reported having seen something strange in the bathroom. Tommy Barban, another guest, came loyally to the defense of the Divers. The action involved various other friends, including the Norths, where a frequent occurrence was the drunken behavior of Abe North. The story became complicated when Jules Peterson, a black man, was murdered and ended up in Rosemary’s bed, in a situation which could destroy Rosemary’s career. Dick moved the blood-soaked body to cover up any implied relationship between Rosemary and Peterson.
Once into the book, the history of the Divers arose. Dick Diver was a doctor and psychoanalyst and had taken on a complicated case of neuroses. This was Nicole, whose complicated, incestuous relationship with her father was suggested as the cause of breakdown. As she became infatuated with Dick, Dick was almost driven to marry her as part of the cure. Strong objections were raised: Nicole was an heiress and her sister thought Dick was marrying her for her money. They did marry, and Nicole’s money payed for Dick’s partnership in a Swiss clinic and for their extravagant lifestyle. However, Dick gradually developed a drinking problem. He got into fights and trouble with the police in various incidents and was bought out of the clinic by his partner. The opening episode almost marked the crossover point whereby Dick became the weaker partner, progressively failing in what he attempted while Nicole became stronger. Dick’s behaviour became embarrassing as he mishandled situations with the children and friends. Eventually Nicole had an affair with Tommy Barban, and divorced Dick to marry Barban. Nicole survived, while Dick drifted into ever diminishing circumstances. The underlying theme is then how one person becomes strong by destroying another—a point emphasized cynically by Nicole’s sister, who having seen Dick originally as the parasite, finally remarks that “That was what he was educated for.”
... seems negative, the Divers relationship was never balanced, Dick controlled Nicoles mind through his psychology, and Nicole controlled his life ... ends in a duel, and whilst in Paris Rosemary notes that she can now say that ... but the company they are associated with through friends or events.Gatsby searches for Daisy in these ... Gatsbys dream is to be with Daisy, to marry her and spend the rest of their ...
Dick Diver was a handsome American psychologist in his thirties. He had a way with people and everybody liked him and wanted to communicate with him. He was clever, honest and educated. In addition he was handsome and tidy. Dick lived for the warm glow of people happily basking in his light. But ultimately, he wished he didn’t. He wanted to be “the best” everything – the best husband/”cure” to Nicole, the best psychiatrist, the best writer of psychiatry books, the coolest guy on the block, the best father, etc. When Dick understood how much mutual energy had been wasted on relationships that wouldn’t go anywhere, he got depressed. He understood that he was suddenly the opposite of what he set out to be. He was extremely charismatic and magnetic at the beginning of the novel, but he and his life slowly unraveled as he had lost ambition and became an alcoholic.
In Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night, Dick Diver was assigned the role of doctor, but he did not play this role convincingly. Diver was a control freak, more dysfunctional than his star patient and wife, Nicole Diver. As Diver had lost control of more and more situations and begun to assume Nicole’s instabilities, his integrity lessened – he became more of a drunkard and less of a psychiatrist. Diver had only one plan: “To be a good psychologist – maybe to be the greatest one that ever lived” This goal represented Diver’s interest in overpowering others initially through medical practice and his understanding that he had the ability to do so. Dick was a hugely tragic figure in the book. Dick was a brilliant, talented, and driven man, and in many ways, a very nice man, even a sweet man, who got caught up in the complexity and tragedy of life and never got to fulfill his dreams.
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He was not so strong man as I thought psychologists could be. He let alcohol grab HIM and his life, he just gave up and didn’t do anything to rescue his FAMILY and his career. He seemed to be strong, impressive, but he wasn’t so. I wonder how sick woman could in the end be BETTER than her doctor and husband who became worse and worse. According to this situation I got that if one man was born lucky that doesn’t mean he would be so forever – he can ruin his life and his personality, so we should handle ourselves without mittens.