By Edith Wharton
Having been born right into a lifetime of wealth and privilege, Edith Wharton used to be a part of the small clique of aristocratic households that held sway over long island City's social and cultural existence on the flip of the 19th century. within the Age of Innocence, Wharton seems again fondly at the existence that used to be loved through the privileged category of the East Coast prior to the various alterations wrought via international struggle I.
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It is the human cry of spirits in bondage, of souls in despair, of lives debased and doomed. It is the call of man to his brother . . such is your vocation; follow the voice that calls you in the name of God and of man. The time is short, the opportunity is great; therefore, crowd the hours with the best that is in you. (qtd. in Brooks 4) 42 Sports, Narrative, and Nation in the Fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald There are, of course, unstated repercussions bound up in this metaphor. Most significantly, by invoking images of a Galahad Knight through utilizing the concept of chivalry, Hibben implicates his University in a feudal-like system.
The failure of a culture within the walls? Who knows? It became . . the most intense and dramatic spectacle since the Olympic games. (94) 44 Sports, Narrative, and Nation in the Fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald Encapsulated in Fitzgerald’s language about football at Princeton is a recognition that the “intense and dramatic spectacle” of football is not analogous to a myth or vision of American charm. Instead, he questions to what degree football might represent a “failure,” specifically the failure of a culture.
Grange was, with the exception perhaps of Babe Ruth, the preeminent name in spectator sports during the 1920s. The facts surrounding his success on the gridiron are prolifically documented; he accumulated over 3,600 yards running and 31 touchdowns in only 3 years of college, and proportional statistics during his nine-year professional career. ” The narrative of his life, as it has evolved through various textual representations, attempts to portray Grange as the figure of a common American athlete who is able to embody ideals of opportunity and individualism on his road to football greatness.