Paradise is a novel in which the lives of two groups of women, those from town and those from the Convent, are explored. The narrative also focuses on the history of the town of Ruby and the experiences of both groups of women as they live in a male-dominated society. Through examining the lives of women like Mavis and Grace, author Toni Morrison provides a sharp commentary about on gender relations and generational conflict.
Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by John Milton, first published in 1667. The poem tells the story of Satan's attempted rebellion and the story of the Fall of Adam and Eve. After Satan falls from heaven, he amasses an army that comes up to earth to do battle with God's angels. They are defeated and so Satan appears as a serpent before God's newly created beings, humans. He convinces Eve and Adam to eat the forbidden fruit, which they do, and are cast out of Eden.
A partly autobiographical novel, This Side of Paradise is the coming of age story of Amory Blaine, a man who was born to wealth but ultimately loses it all. He has the fortune to attend a prep school and later Princeton, but is disinterested in studying. Amory has love affairs, ends up fighting in World War I and is later engaged, but is left by his fiancee for a richer man. By the end, the carefree boy from the beginning has grown to understand the folly of his ways.