Main Character Amory Blaine
Fitzgerald's use of modernism in the 1920’s demonstrated disillusionment, or disappointment in his books by writing about his struggle of finding the truth amongst naive delusions of his choices. Was this a common theme of 1920’s authors?
In Fitzgerald’s novel This Side of Paradise; Fitzgerald’s main character Amory Blaine goes through many hardships of his life of transformation and alienation in the 1920s.
“The glamour and insouciance of the youthful, affluent characters portrayed in This Side of Paradise (1920), The Beautiful and Damned(1922), and The Great Gatsby (1925) were derived from Fitzgerald's own life and that of his wife and friends. However, they reflect only one side of a writer whose second and final decade of work portrayed a life marred by alcoholism and financial difficulties, troubled by lost love, and frustrated by lack of inspiration. Much like his personal experience, Fitzgerald's works mirror the headiness, ambition, despair, and disillusionment of America in his lifetime.”"Francis Scott Fitzgerald." DISCovering Authors, Gale, 2003. Student Resources In Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/EJ2101100380/SUIC?u=wal55317&sid=SUIC&xid=38881199. Accessed 30 May 2018.
Fitzgerald carefully details small parts of his life in his novel, This Side Of Paradise. Fitzgerald's main character Amory Blaine goes through his difficult life struggling with having an alcoholic father and a mother who starts to progress to having intense mental breakdowns leading to getting psychiatric care. Amory is sent off to live in a different state with his aunt and uncle; Amory is enrolled in private school where he meets his first “love”. At the age of 24, the success of his first novel, This Side of Paradise, made Fitzgerald famous. One week later, he married the woman he loved and his muse, Zelda Sayre. However by the end of the 1920s Fitzgerald descended into drinking, and Zelda had a mental breakdown https://www.biography.com/people/f-scott-fitzgerald-9296261 Having this type of conflict going on at a young age clearly affected Amory mentally. Amory grows to believe that he must be popular and liked by all. Throughout the novel Amory slowly grows up learning that he cannot live his whole life being self absorbed, conceited, and to not let his huge ego get the best of him.Amory adopts and discards just about every strain of thought fashionable in the postwar era. "not [being] aboutanything: its intellectual and moral content amounts to little more than a gesture—a gesture of indefinite revolt" ("F. Scott Fitzgerald," p. 405)https://www.biography.com/people/f-scott-fitzgerald-9296261 Fitzgerald connects his character Amory Blaine to his own life throughout the novel. Showing how Fitzgerald feels the need to tell the reader the inside parts of his secretly dark life in great extent. In This Side Of Paradise Amory Blaine goes to Princeton, has a Mentally ill mother, alcoholic father, and later has a wife who is mentally ill while Fitzgerald himself goes through the exact same thing in his real life.Struggling with alcoholism and his wife’s mental illness, Fitzgerald attempted to reinvent himself as a screenwriter. Giving him so much inspiration behind many of his characters in this side of Paradise. https://www.history.com/topics/f-scott-fitzgerald
Amory focuses on living life the way he wants, Amory never put much care into his future and while he was in school, although Amory was bright he put all his academic talents to waste by making sure he was liked and popular.
As he put in his studs he realized that he was enjoying life as he would probably never enjoy it again. Everything was hallowed by the haze of his own youth (Fitzgerald 81).
Amory wants to just have his life a certain way. He cares about being popular and known, not about school work or the importance of adulthood. While Amory attended Princeton he joined many clubs and even became a writer for the schools newspaper. Staying determined to achieve his goals of being known. Curnutt, Kirk. "This Side of Paradise." American History Through Literature 1870-1920, edited by Tom Quirk and Gary Scharnhorst, vol. 3, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006, pp. 1127-1131. Student Resources In Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/CX3470800246/SUIC?u=wal55317&sid=SUIC&xid=83dcef23. Accessed 30 May 2018.
Amory had to learn how to grow up quickly after his mother was first sent to a hospital for her nervous breakdowns. Shortly after that his father dies and the family money starts to slim down fast. Amory is aware of the little amount left for his family but ignores that. Over time while Amory gets older the small hardships he encounter changed the way he thinks about himself and life. Changing for the better, growing up to be an adult. His youth seemed never so vanished as now in the contrast between the utter loneliness of this visit and that riotous, joyful party of four years before. (Fitzgerald 84).Amory only thinks about the fun highlights of his youth. Now that Amory has grown into an adult. The abrupt shift to taking responsibility depresses him. Juggling different jobs, relationships and common conflict. Amory only thought of his days at Princeton; that is all that mattered to him. Amory even took occasional trips to visit Princeton, unable to let go of his youth. Amory could not accept his defeat in adulthood: having little money, not agood job and a struggling social life Amory starts to take up his parents mental problems.During 1911-1913 he attended the Newman School, a Catholic prep school in New Jersey, where he met Father Sigourney Fay, who encouraged his ambitions for personal distinction and achievement. As a member of the Princeton Class of 1917, Fitzgerald neglected his studies for his literary apprenticeship. He wrote the scripts and lyrics for the Princeton Triangle Club musicals and was a contributor to the Princeton Tiger, ahumor magazine and the Nassau Literary Magazine. On academic probation and unlikely to graduate, Fitzgerald joined the army in 1917 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the infantry. Convinced that he would die in the war, he rapidly wrote a novel, “The Romantic Egotist” http://library.sc.edu/spcoll/fitzgerald/biography.html
F. Scott Fitzgerald's life is a tragic example of both sides of the American Dream - the joys of young love, wealth and success, and the tragedies associated with excess and failure http://www.pbs.org/kteh/amstorytellers/bios.html
.Amory and his whole family all suffer from some type of mental issues, growing up with an absent alcoholic father and then his mother, who had mental breakdowns clearly impacted his mental health too. Over the years of Amory’s life he finally starts to understand his issues and grow out of and even learn to control his problems.
Amory and his whole family all suffer from some type of mental issues, growing up with Amory Blaine’s childhood was problematic to his health. Having these types of influences while growing up made him act and be a the way he was throughout his life.But do not get the impression, because his winter dreams happened to be concerned at first with musings on the rich, that there was anything merely snobbish in the boy. He wanted not association with glittering things and glittering people -- he wanted the glittering things themselves. (Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Winter Dreams.)
He put his face in his hands and covered eyes and ears as well as he could. During all this time it never occurred to him that he was delirious or drunk (Fitzgerald 244). Slowly becoming an alcoholic much like his father. Amory turns to heavy drinking to numb how badly his life is actually going.