Amory Blaine

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America is a great country whose citizens capture this greatness in ways which baffle other nations. They see themselves as unique, set apart from other nation in their approach to political and judiciary systems. It’s little wonder why this country’s immigration system is now a red herring issue, as many people from other countries wants to live the American dream. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Side of Paradise” written in 1920, captures this spirit in the form of the character Amory Blaine. Amory Blaine is a rich, handsome and educated young man, seen as narcissistic, looking out for his own personal selfish interest. One prominent component of America’s basic vocabulary is individualism. The life of Amory Blaine is characterized by his stance…show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald who wrote in an era of realism and modernism. Fitzgerald displays characteristics of his own personal life through his protagonist, Amory Blaine in a way that connotes a striking resemblance of his own life. Both men shared common retrospect in emotions and feelings from childhood to their early twenties. Like Amory, Fitzgerald was a bright, handsome and ambitious boy, the pride and joy of his parents and especially his mother (biography). At thirteen years he had his first piece of writing published in the school’s newspaper. Amory too was a brilliant child, loved and adored by his mother. He was born to a wealthy, beautiful and sophisticated and educated woman of the dominant class. Beatrice Blaine was known to have travelled the world with her only child until it was time for him to be placed into school. He was a sheltered child who was not allowed to think for himself. He was ahead of many of the average children of his time. This was the class of the aristocracy, “they had economic clout; and were the beneficiaries of the best education, the highest privileges that possession of wealth could bring, and were the select few capable of playing a part in guiding the directions of their lives.” This spoiled child always had his way. His defiance of authority was evident from very early age. "He was resentful against all authority over him, and this, combined with a lazy indifference toward his work, exasperated every master in school"
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