This Side of Paradaise by F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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Who is Amory Blaine? It seems, in certain ways that Amory serves as the quintessential portrait of the American youth, always struggling between individuality and the desire for acceptance. But also we get glimpses of situations in which he seems to be the embodiment of America itself – of old European heritage, struggling with his uniqueness in a world where, to survive, he must fit in.
Fitzgerald described the novel as a “quest novel” that focuses on Amory’s journey to self-understanding. The three primary elements that influence Amory on his road to self-realization are convention, women, and money. This is what makes him a purely American character. These three elements are indeed what make the American persona go forth: individuality
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Who is Amory Blaine? It seems, in certain ways that Amory serves as the quintessential portrait of the American youth, always struggling between individuality and the desire for acceptance. But also we get glimpses of situations in which he seems to be the embodiment of America itself – of old European heritage, struggling with his uniqueness in a world where, to survive, he must fit in.
Fitzgerald described the novel as a “quest novel” that focuses on Amory’s journey to self-understanding. The three primary elements that influence Amory on his road to self-realization are convention, women, and money. This is what makes him a purely American character. These three elements are indeed what make the American persona go forth: individuality vs convention, the quest for fulfilling romance, and the American Dream in the form of personal achievement and importance. Amory’s arrogance and egotism is also a trademark of his purely American nature, as the American way of life is, in essence, a lonely one, the journey of which focuses on self-fulfillment, the self itself, and personal individuality and importance in a societal context.
Fitzgerald’s “This Side of Paradise” follows less the thread of a story, rather it provides a sketch portrait of Amory and his quest to understand the world. The story is told by a knowledgeable third person narrator who follows and adds to Amory’s point of view, interjecting his own thoughts in the narrative from time to time. Amory is the center of

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