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This Side of Paradise

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Erin Mullins

on 6 April 2011

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This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald who was born on September 24, 1896 and died on December 21, 1940, was an American author of novels and short stories. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s. He was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota and attended college at Princeton University. Being a poor student, Fitzgerald left Princeton to enlist in the US Army during World War I; however, the war ended shortly after Fitzgerald's enlistment F. Scott Fitzgerald was a modernist. He liked to use symbolic imagery between characters and also had a slightly pompous tone at times. His descriptive writing is littered with imagery related to the themes. He is pretty non-judgmental in his characterisations. He finished four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and his most famous, the celebrated classic, The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories with themes of youth and promise along with despair and age. Historical Facts Important Works
Writing Style Beliefs The ideals of equality, fairness, human rights, brotherhood, and social justice color Francis Scott's whole outlook and approach to life. He is truly interested in the good of the whole and not only his own personal well-being. Theme Although Fitzgerald’s novel may seem less shocking now, it created a sensation when it was published because of its representation of a younger generation that perceived itself as departing entirely from the tradition of the generations before it. Amory’s vanity and egotism, his flirtatious affairs with young women, his startling ideas (such as about socialism), and his vague contempt for nineteenth- century tradition all struck a chord with a generation that blamed their parents, for example, for the horrors of World War I. Symbolism Fitzgerald used many of the people in his actual life as examples of characters in his books. In This Side of Paradise, the main character Amory Blaine is always talking about class. He uses the two schools, Princton and Yale as symbols of a certain level of class. Tone Point of View Irony Setting Imagery Characters Critical Essay Response My overall thought of the book was that it was pretty interesting but was not the best book I have ever read. I was suprised with many things that did happen in the story and how Armory reacted to different situations he was put in. Also, I was surpised how alike Armory and F. Scott Fitzgerald were. Works Cited The book was written in 3rd person omnicent point of view. You are able to know all of Amory's thoughts as well as some of the other characters. In the book some imagery was used to describe the scenery of the actions that took place and also to describe some of the characters. Some things though were also very straight foward. The book takes place in different places. Amory travels with his mother, stays in minneapolis with relatives, attends school in New England, then attends Princton and then enters the war. The tone of the book is somewhat serious but also humerous. Amory makes alot of jokes about himself and other people but also can be serious in situations and does not joke about certain things. The way Amory meets the women in his life such as Eleanor. One day Amory is walking through tha park and a storm comes. He runs to find shelter in a field and hears a voice singing a french poet. Amory loved poetry and read and quoted it throughout the whole book.
"This Side of Paradise". Bookrags.com. 2006. web. 1 April 2011
"Critical Essay". Bookrags.com. 2006. web. 1 April 2011 Quotes I'm a romantic; a sentimental person thinks things will last; a romantic person hopes against hope that they won't.
---This quote shows how the charactor Amory feels about love. He he never committed to just one girl and doesn't want to be. He says he loves them when in reality he can not stand them.

"We’re awful," rejoiced Myra gently. She slipped her hand into his; her head drooped against his shoulder. Sudden revulsion seized Amory, disgust, loathing the whole incident. He desired frantically to be away, never to see Myra again, never to kiss anyone; he became conscious of his face and hers, of their clinging hands, and he wanted to creep out of his body and hide somewhere safe out of sight, up in the corner of his mind.
--- This quote relates to the time period and shows that back then relationships between men and women were different.
Sigourney Fay, the person to whom Fitzgerald's novel is dedicated, was a brilliant priest whom Fitzgerald met while he was in preparatory school in New Jersey, and with whom he remained close friends until Father Fay's sudden death in 1919. Fay is, of course, the basis for the character Monsignor Darcy, and although the purpose of this essay is not to speculate about the particulars of Fitzgerald's real life and their impact on This Side of Paradise, it is worth noting that Fay made an extraordinary impression on Fitzgerald. The character Monsignor Darcy as well as other characters are based from FItzgeralds life. Amory Blaine - The protagonist whose development the novel chronicles. Amory grows up with his sophisticated mother, Beatrice, until he leaves for boarding school. He then attends Princeton University and falls in love with several women. Amory is extraordinarily handsome and somewhat egocentric. He enjoys idling with friends, has literary ambitions, and ultimately achieves some portion of self-knowledge, though at the cost of losing his money and his dearest friends. Rosalind Connage - The debutante younger sister of Alec Connage, with whom Amory has a brief but intense love affair. Rosalind breaks Amory's heart when she opts to marry the wealthy Dawson Ryder instead of Amory. Beatrice Blaine - The social, sophisticated mother of Amory who was educated in France. Beatrice dies while Amory is away at war. Monsignor Darcy - A man who once loved Beatrice; the end of their love affair motivated him to join the clergy. Darcy became a well respected clergyman and somewhat like a foster father to Amory, with whom he maintains an intense friendship and feels a strong kinship. Eleanor Savage - A young, wild girl, educated in France, whom Amory meets on a rainy haystack in Maryland. The two have an intense summer romance, sharing a love of literature. They can almost read each others' thoughts, but Amory feels like he is incapable of love at this point. The romance ends when Eleanor sends her horse charging toward a cliff, but throws herself off the horse just before it plummets to its death. Isabelle Borges - The young debutante with whom Amory first falls in love. They share an innocent first affair until a minor argument reveals to them that they actually do not like one another. Isabelle derides Amory's egotism.
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