Reflections: The Search for Identity in Save Me the Waltz

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Loreen Burr Bessire (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Abstract: This thesis examines Zelda Fitzgerald's novel 'Save Me the Waltz'. While there is interest in Fitzgerald life due to her status as F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife, there has been little serious critical analysis of her writing. With the opening of the canon to a more diverse field of authors, it seems only right to include Zelda Fitzgerald's work. Alabama's search for identity reflects in the mirror motif, in her relationships with both her father and husband, and, in addition, Zelda Fitzgerald's own search for identity is reflected in here adaptation of the surrealist writing style. The search for identity includes and exploration of the mirror motif which runs throughout the novel, the relationship between Alabama and her father, and her relationship with her husband, the references to anorexia nervosa found in the nove and the use of the surrealist writing style by Fitzgerald. Materials used to analyze the the novel include critical texts, peer reviewed journals, and a collection of reviews of the novel. This thesis finds that Alabama's search for identity is reflected in the mirror motif, as well in the relationship with bother her father and husband. Fitzgerald's use of anorexia references and Alabama's study of ballet are both metaphors for the writing process. Surrealist techniques and imagery allow Fitzgerald to establish an artistic identity separate from her husband.

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Language: English
Date: 2006
Zelda Fitzgerald, Save Me the Waltz, Critical Analysis, Alabama, Search for Identity, Literature, Mirror Motif,

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