BC: The majority of the story focused on Amory and his many relationships, even though all of them failed. It fits directly into the style of F. Scott Fitzgerald and many parts of This Side of Paradise are directly representative of his life. | Many aspects of This Side of Paradise are very similar to The Great Gatsby, such as women only going to money, and the setting of New York. | There is also a lot of symbolism packed in every sentence that is very easy to overlook.
FC: This Side of Paradise
1: The main character, Amory Blaine, was an intelligent young man and attended Princeton after boarding school. However, he was a very lazy stud dropped out when World War I started so he can fight for his country. | I can directly relate to Amory in this situation as I am also somewhat intelligent, but I too face trouble with homework and laziness
2: Though there is not much detail of Amory during the war, we do learn that his wealthy mother, Beatrice, dies and Amory receives very little of the inheritance as the majority of it goes to the church.
3: While Amory is overseas, he writes a letter to his friend Tom to tell him that he wants to move to New York City upon returning from the war. This is extremely similar to The Great Gatsby.
4: The first chapter of part two was different from the rest of the book in that it was written in a sort of play format. | I found this to be a relieving change from the somewhat boring nature of the book thus far. It is very similar to The Great Gatsby will the large focus on romance and character development, also including the New York setting.
5: Throughout the novel, protagonist Amory Blaine succumbs to many failing relationships. In his first relationship, Rosalind left him for another wealthier man. This can be related to Gatsby and the time period of the 1920's in New York.