Greener Grass Essay

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Greener Grass In the short story "Sixteen-Hundred Closest Friends" the author, Steven Karas, introduces the concepts of jealousy and dissatisfaction with one's life through voyeurism, self-doubt and plenty of misconception through the main character's point of view, Sam. Sam is a middle-aged man who is new to Facebook. After using the site for a few days he finds an old friend of his who he had lost touch with, Billy. Before he eventually contacts Billy, Sam spends time on his Facebook page looking at pictures and posts that make Sam jealous and disgusted of Billy's exciting life. Sam decides to Facebook message Billy while his wife, Irene, is out of town. Nevertheless Sam soon finds out that Billy's life isn't exactly how it seems. He learns that Billy isn't as youthful and fit as he appears in his Facebook pictures, that he's not as popular as Sam first thought. The statement that "Things aren’t always what they seem" best describes the overall theme of this story. Elements of fiction like irony, symbolism and point of view play an important role in revealing Sam's conflict with his own life and the resolution he comes to at the end in Karas' short story. The different uses of irony in this story include verbal irony and most often, attitudinal irony. Verbal irony occurs when someone says the opposite of what they mean. For example, while Irene is in Philly visiting her sister and the new baby, Sam tells her that he's going to a movie, when in fact, Sam is going to the bar with Billy. He ends up having a terrible night, drinks too much and isn't having as much fun as he thought he would. When he leaves the bar and is heading home, he calls Irene and she asks him how the movie was. He replies "It was alright", "Nothing like the previews". He's actually talking about the bar and the time he had. Things aren't what they seem to both Sam and Irene. What Sam
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