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In the novels Ethan Frome and The Great Gatsby there are psychological characteristic similarities seen in the characters Ethan Frome and Jay Gatsby These similarities include chasing love for wrong reasons and having the desire for someone you can not have and they are exemplified in their day to day lives Both Jay and Ethan suffer from a great loneliness emptiness their dreams in which can never come true They both destroy themselves in the end because of a great want and desire Neither achieves their goals and end up living in misery In the novel Ethan Frome the main character Ethan Frome has complex problems going on at the same time The main theme of the book is failure and this is shown through the marriage of Ethan and his wife not being able to stand up to his wife and lastly his desire for Mattie Ethan rushed into his marriage for all the wrong reasons At the time his mother had just passed away and Ethan wanted a way out of the loneliness therefore he turned to Zeena Mattie Zeenas cousin arrives to help with the household duties due to Zeena being ill Matties presence fills Ethan with dreams of happiness Mattie and Ethan find they are falling in love and plan of running away together The plan cannot be put into action and in order to preserve the happiness and beauty of their love Ethan and Mattie abandon themselves to the emotion of the moment and make an attempt at suicide which leaves them crippled for life They are forced to stay in the house with ZeenaIn the novel The Great Gatsby the main character Jay Gatsby devotes his whole life to the fulfillment of a romantic dream he created at a very young age and by its very nature his dream requires an adolescent faith His personal vision is based on the belief that time can be fixed and the past
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