Amory Blaine Character Analysis

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Numerous notable authors use dynamic characters to enhance their novel’s meaning. As dynamic characters develop, other factors could change within a story such as the characters themselves along with others characters, the plot, and the overall theme of the novel. Amory Blaine, the protagonist in This Side of Paradise, has deep layers in his life and personality that later uncover and reveal his true identity. The reader is often left wondering how and what provokes Amory Blaine to become a dynamic character throughout the novel? Various characters, events, and influences allow self-realization to take place in his disastrous life. Throughout the novel certain revelations allow Amory Blaine to change from a boy who struggles with his identity …show more content…
Monsignor Darcy, Beatrice 's lover, influences Amory in numerous ways that provoke recognition of true success. Darcy engages Amory in conversations regarding the Catholic Church that allow him to open up his beliefs disregarding his mother’s. The new information Amory has received motivates Amory to rebel against his mother’s standards such as having a social rank, and being selfish and rich. Amory branches into socialism where he experiments with his beliefs and decides to not believe in Catholicism. Monsignor Darcy helps Amory’s morals develop, as well as teaches Amory that sometimes it takes hard work and determination to receive success and wealth (Bruccoli, …show more content…
Stephen Blaine, Amory’s father, was not present during his youth so his mother cared for him. As Amory proceeds with his romantic life, he attempts to become a father figure through his various love interests. When all the sudden his romantic love 's abandoned him, he becomes more susceptible to failure. With his lack of guidance, and his abandonment with true love he becomes vulnerable, and seeks content using various women. While Amory was raised by Beatrice he unintentionally portrays her selfishness, untrustworthiness, and shallow ways as he approaches his future. All of the women throughout Amory’s life unintentionally model his mother in the way that they limit his potential to become successful. As his life unravels throughout the novel he believes he has nothing else to focus on, and creates a distraction to fill emptiness in his life

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