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The Side Of Paradise By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In the book This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald, even though the main protagonist’s, Amory Blaine, character development is completely controlled by Fitzgerald's life, Amory goes through many changes through the story and they are born from the people Amory is around and Amory interactions with other characters are in relation to how Fitzgerald interacted and responded with others. Amory’s character seems to fluctuate throughout the novel, the more types of people he meets the more ideas he obtains and begins to view life differently or back to the same way multiple times. The novel itself seems to be a story about the developing of Amory Blaine, which is also the life of Fitzgerald up until the point he wrote the book; so it makes sense that Fitzgerald may have mirrored his life in that of Amory. However, the overall development of Amory as a character is through the interaction with other characters just the same as Fitzgerald grew up with the influence of other people. Fitzgerald’s love life is very similar to Amory’s love life and it is through these relationships that Amory finds most of his conflicts. There are significant people in Amory’s life that effect his actions, and there are influential people in Fitzgerald’s life that have impacted his life. Fitzgerald’s desire to be with Zelda Sayer is significant in his writing so it makes sense that the character that represents Zelda, Rosalind, has control on Amory’s character. Fitzgerald’s desire to live the American dream is illustrated through Amory, and it is this social pursuit that molds Amory’s character at the beginning of the novel. Amory and Fitzgerald are products of their social environment and they change with the different social environments at times in their life.
Fitzgerald's quest for the American dream is represented in this book through Amory Blaine's early life around other people but his mother, and it is this quest that determines Amory's actions and thoughts contemporary. The idea of an American Dream is that made from social ideals that people set for themselves establishing the idea as conformity. Amory Blaine realized he wanted the American dream when he went to school and everyone else wanted it to. This is the reason Amory participated in sport activities, “His chief disadvantage lay in athletics, but as soon as he discovered that it was the touchstone of power and popularity at school, he began to make furious, persistent efforts to excel in the winter sports,” (Fitzgerald 6). It is this reason Amory desired so much for a woman to love and be with for the rest of his life. There is a moment in the novel where a very young Amory kisses a very young girl, Myra, and feels disgusted for doing it, indicating Fitzgerald interpretation of how the thoughtless love of the American dream is putrid, “' Sudden revulsion seized Amory, disgust, loathing for the whole incident. He desired frantically to be away, never to see Myra again, never to kiss anyone; he became...

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