Amory Blaine in Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise


AmoryBlaine in Scott Fitzgerald’s ThisSide of Paradise

Thisside of paradiseis a novel written in the 1920s by Scott Fitzgerald. The novelcaptures the experiences of the Americans in the post first world warera, especially the moral challenge among the youth in the Jazz era.The main character in the movie, Amory Blaine is a reflection of theexperienced the author went through in his life. In many ways, AmoryBlaine represents a unique America struggling to achieve the Americandream in the roaring twenties. The 1920s is known to be the age ofprosperity, Jazz and parties as well as promiscuity. It is an era, inwhich all individuals in America were guaranteed to achieve theirdreams due to the prosperity brought about by technologicaldevelopment and social development in the post first world warAmerica (Henriques, 2011). However, in reality, the dreams were notguaranteed and many Americans woke up to the reality and realizedthat the “dream” is a dream that was not easy to achieve(Prigozy, 2002). This is captured by Fitzgerald in the novel, ThisSide of Paradise,especially in the character of Amory Blaine.

Inthe novel, Amory Blaine spends most of his time trying to reach hisdream of being successful. Even at a young age, when he was anadolescent, Amory Blaine he was willing to conform to the socialstandards if he was convinced that it will positively impact on hissuccess. He schooled at a private boarding school and PrincetonUniversity in order to conform and be successful. By being education,he believed that he would be nearest to being successful. Throughoutthe novel, Amory Blaine is seen to struggle with the dilemma ofconforming or not conforming. To conform to being a boy, Amory Blaineplayed football and engaged in different activities in school. As ayoung adult, he picks up a marketing career to conform and please hergirlfriend, although she leaves him. Losing the love of his lifeseems to have huge impacts on his life, until he realizes that it isa lost dream (Fitzgerald, 2014).

Despitebeing from a wealthy family, Amory Blaine did not view this as anadvantage. This was mainly because he was not rated among the upperclass. Rather than being preoccupied with the family wealth, he optedto quest for his own dream. However, there is no doubt that hisbackground ensured that he had less roadblocks. Amory Blaine despisedthe upper class, despite his desires to achieve his dreams. Animportant characteristic of the American society depicted in the lifeof Amory Blaine is the wide range of opportunities available. He wasable to access opportunities individuals in the United States andother parts of the world could not access in the early 20thcentury. For example, he has an access to excellent and high qualityof education (Fitzgerald, 2014). Despite these opportunities, hisfamily lost its wealthy due to poor investments limiting his abilityto meet his dreams. Some of the failures of Amory Blaine in hisquest for the American dream are as a result of individualism. Thisis also an important characteristic of the American society.Americans are known to be self centered and only concerned abouttheir well being, a characteristic that is depicted in the characterof Amory Blaine. For example, he is so concerned about beingsuccessful and achieving his dreams that he losses all his friendsand does not know what is going on around him as well as theopportunities available for him (Bruccoli, 2002).


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