Amory’s Disillusionment in This Side of Paradise

Thi Huong Giang Bui

Abstract


As many critics observe, nobody has described the despair of the twentieth century better than F. Scott Fitzgerald. He came to prominence as a great American novelist in the 1920s, a period dominated by the postwar novel. In This Side of Paradise, Fitzgerald successfully depicts the disillusionment of the protagonist, Amory Blaine, a young romantic egotist in a quest of forming a “personage” in which he has to face various dilemmas and losses. Critics have adopted different approaches, such as feminist theory, gender studies and realism to analyze Amory’s psychic dilemmas. This paper adopts a different approach using early theories of Freud in dealing with the protagonist’s disillusionments concerning his personal life.



Keywords


This Side of Paradise; disillusionment; fantasy; loss; mother-figure; substitute father-figure

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968%2Fj.sll.1923156320130602.5245

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