The Grass Is Always Greener on the Other Side Essays

736 Words Oct 12th, 2011 3 Pages
The saying, the grass is always greener on the other side, applies to real life because people are always comparing their current lifestyle to better ones, longing for improvements. Carleton Noyes once said, "The human heart has ever dreamed of a fairer world than the one it knows." In other words this means that human desire to want a better life. Even if their life presently is better than average, they always look for something more – for that dream world. This statement is valid found in both literature and real life. Both Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald illustrate the concept that humans always long for a more ideal life than what they have. Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome establishes the dream …show more content…
This relates back to Noyes quote about how humans always long for a better life. Ethan wanted a new lifestyle and even went to the extent of suicide to secure it. This is how this idea is conveyed in Ethan Frome. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby establishes the idea of the American dream, and the immoral ways to achieve it. One literary element that he uses is characterization. The character, Gatsby, is described through multiple perspectives – but mostly gossiping. All the rumors surround around the idea of his immense wealth, power and mysteriousness. However as the book progresses, the main character Nick, finds that Gatsby is a self-made man who has made a fortune in bootlegging, making money in order to accomplish his dream. This relates to Noyes’s quote, because Gatsby even in all his wealth and the lifestyle he began accustom to because of millionaire Dan Cody, he still wants more. This dream he has is exemplified by the theme of the American Dream. The American dream is a dream for success in wealth and anything else. Gatsby’s dream was to revive a long lost love with Daisy. He attempted to attain her, as a trophy even, through impressing with her with his immense wealth. This was his dream, to win Daisy over and he would go through illegal practices of bootlegging, buying a big mansion, wearing fancy clothing and throwing house parties just to catch Daisy’s attention. Gatsby’s dream is a direct example of Noyes’s idea of human desire for

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