People, the Devil, and Mirrors in Fitzgerald’s “This Side of Paradise”


People, the Devil, and Mirrors in Fitzgerald’s “This Side of Paradise”

Amory / Fitzgerald was superstitious and guilt-ridden and believed in the real presence of ghosts and the devil. He was stagey and narcissistic and acutely aware of staginess in others. Imagination was central to him as an escape from Philistines, Pharisees, the bourgeois, smelly immigrants, and People, and he was acutely aware of good and bad smells. Amory / Fitzgerald was simultaneously upwardly and downwardly mobile, and like everyone else in the America of that time, he had an obsession with success, though he did not value it entirely positively.He was acutely aware the succession of generations and promoted himself as one of the inventors of youth culture.

Author: John Emerson

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