Narcissism In F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side Of Paradise Amory

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By the end of the First World War, the American novel had reached a new expressive self-sufficiency, eager and ready to absorb and project the complexity of American life. Scott Fitzgerald started writing when the young generation had just returned from the First World War. Distrustful of the past and disillusioned with culture and conventions, the young people had nothing to fall back upon except their own experience. Fitzgerald fixates on the relationship between individual and society as a tussle between the irreconcilable. Fitzgerald too agrees the same: "I am interested in the individual only in his relation to society” (Callahan 5). In the novel This Side of Paradise Amory, the protagonist of the novel, as an individual begins his quest…show more content…
Narcissists never worry about valuing and caring of their relationships, so they tend to lack empathy and they have poor relationship skills. According to Aldridge John, F. Scott Fitzgerald's maiden novella, This Side of Paradise is his only romantic work, which treats transience and narcissism, neither of which can be found in his later sentimental works where protagonists reminisce about the past. Narcissists cannot acknowledge failure, even in a relationship. Often narcissists will tell everyone that their past failed relationships were not their fault. Importance of narcissism in romantic relationships has shed light on how relationships fail. The current research attempts to look into the failed relationships of Amory the protagonist of the novel. Failed relationships happen for many reasons, and the failure of a relationship is often a source of great psychological anguish. Life of individuals is constantly restructured and reconstituted in a forum of ethical values, which helps in maintaining good relationships. The role of relationships remains a predominant factor in moral reasoning, and as a foundation for understanding human choices. The relationships between characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novels tend to be based on superficial means, devoid of love and honesty. These failed relationships are very dangerous and destructive in the longer
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