Winter Dreams, American Dream

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Tae~Quan Rodriguez

Historically the American Dream is known as happiness, wealth, and having materialistic items. In the short story “Winter Dreams” by F. Scott Fitzpatrick the character of Judy Jones is used as an example of the American Dream through beauty and actions, she influences Dexter. Dexter Green is a hardworking middle class boy, he denies his middle-class lifestyle, and aspires to become a member of wealthy class. As a consequence Dexter realizes the American Dream isn't what he expected it to be.

The story “Winter Dreams” primarily tells us about the dreams Dexter has, who lives in his illusions and hopes. From early childhood, the first aim is to achieve wealth and success; to have all the best of everything, and the second dream is attaining Judy Jones, whom he is in love with. Dexter faces numerous challenges between his dreams and reality, and finally frustration of that dreams becomes the biggest disappointment in life. To continue the attempt, he admissions to a prestigious and expensive university in the East. When Dexter came back to Minnesota he started a laundry business that helped him to make a lot of money. Within few years he became successful businessmen. One day he is invited to play golf at the club, where he used to work. This became very import and a big jump for him to be a well known, respected wealthy man.

Judy is a pretty, wealthy girl and a perfect example of someone who lives in the American Dream life. She is the epitome of carefree, selfish indulgence, and as a result Dexter is more in love with the image of Judy than her real self. He says, “Judy Jones wasn’t pretty at all. She was a great beauty” (234). Showing Dexter was one of the men who were ambushed by blind and false ‘Love’. Dexter Green was attracted to her on the first day he seen her, at his middle class job as a rich man's caddy at the Sherry Island Golf Club. She was fortunate to have money from her parents, other than that her looks and actions made...
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