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The human condition is filled with greed and temptation. People often want what they can’t have or jeopardize their own luxuries as an attempt at someone else’s.  Throughout Jeanette Winterson’s, “The Green Man”, the narrator finds himself craving the life of the gypsies. Although he begins the story by explaining how poorly the gypsies were treated and how the town hated them, the narrator soon longs for a life without the responsibilities that come with a wife and family.

To honour. To mock. To fear. To hate. To be fascinated. To laugh out loud.

When the gypsies come into town, everyone is able to observe an entirely different set of standards. Instead of the typical “picket fence” family, they see people who “walk as if they gave never known pain.” The women are more relaxed and they don’t worry about their outer appearance which is incredibly enticing for the people who are juggling their families, chores, and bills. It seems as though the temptation comes from the notion that these people aren’t stuck in one place. They can go off and find new adventures, meet new people and run away from their mundane lives. For example, the narrator wanted to escape from his boring family and typical chores, because of this, he succumbs to his temptations and pursues the gypsy woman.

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