In “Winter Dreams” Dexter lost a number of years of his life pursuing material success due to the American Dream. Though Dexter came from a humble background, he saw potential in what his life could be. He thought being wealthy meant being happy. As a young man, Dexter always dreamed of beating Mr. Hedrick at golf. Years later, when the time finally came and Dexter did beat Mr. Hedrick, he received very little joy from the act. From being a caddy boy to receiving a weekend guest pass to the esteemed country club, Dexter somehow manages to think he doesn't belong, but that he is also superior to the men he is surrounded by because he worked for what he got. When Judy comes in the picture, he pursues her to validate his entrance into the upper
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….
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Dexter is destroyed by his
"Winter Dreams." Do you
think winter dreams are
always harmful? why or
don’t think winter dreams
are always harmful because
there are winter dreams that
can leave you with memories
that you will cherish forever
even though some might leave
scars, some winter dreams can
be magical like Dexter's were at
Professor M. Coleman
12 April 12, 2013
Dear Professor Coleman,
In exploring the characterization of Fitzgerald “Winter Dreams”, I am going to show the use of seasonal changes of his protagonist, Dexter, from his story. I believe that it is his every intention for us explore Dexter as a man by showing us where and how he developed to be such a man from his decisions in the past starting from his caddy days to college and finally as an establish businessman. His….
said, "The American Dream is the dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement." The American Dream, although different for every American, is a personal paradise, to which all aspire. It promises prosperity and self-fulfillment as well as rewards for hard work and self-reliance. In "Winter Dreams," a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the protagonist Dexter Green strives to obtain his dream in gaining….
A&P versus Winter Dreams
Sammy, from the story “A & P” by John Updike, and Dexter, from the story “Winter Dreams” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, are similar characters from two different stories. In both stories, the two men fell in love with what they pictured as the perfect woman. Each man had visions of the future they would like to have with the lady of their dreams. Sammy daydreamed of a fancy daytime gathering with his dream-girl’s family and friends (page number). Dexter dreamt of taking….
In F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story, "Winter Dreams," ambitious, "desirous" Dexter stands at the threshold between admiring "glittering things" and finding out that the "glittering things" he admires fade away sooner or later. Dexters character throughout this short story, changes in many ways, from being unaware of what he really wanted in life to being aware of what he actually became.
Dexter in the story started off as a very young boy who worked as a caddy at a golf course. There he met….
The American Dream or an Onion
The American Dream is an endless onion. One will find endless layers of the American dream onion to peel back in order to grasp for an unattainable center. Only tears will be achieved from this endless peeling of the onion 's layers. F. Scott Fitzgerald believed this metaphor to be true and that is evident in his Novel The Great Gatsby and his short story "Winter Dreams." The illusion and the empty promises of the American dream is exploited by Fitzgerald….
Though Dexter seems to have better access to the material portion of the Dream, he builds up his hopes around Judy Jones. When Judy first asks him who he is, Dexter pauses before giving his answer. He thinks about his middle-class upbringing but “chooses the one that suppresses his identity. That is given up easily in our society” (Berman 58). Dexter obscures his past in order to portray himself as the type of man that Judy wants; the stigma of having humble origins pushes him to distance himself….
Comparing “the winter dreams”& “the great Gatsby”
Have you fallen in love with a person and used them for money? In the two stories describes two girls use men for money. There are many similarities and differences of Judy from “winter dreams” and daisy from “the great Gatsby”.
Judy Jones and daisy Buchanan are beautiful, wealthy, and shallow young women who love but money. Both Judy and daisy dress flimsy clothes witch shows a lack of character. They know that they can get men with their….
Judy Jones was born wealthy and she was attracted to men with power and money. Aside from her physical beauty, her status gave her many social options. She was vain and liked to be seen with a procession of men. Dexter was one of them. The seductive mannerisms in her voice had a magical effect on men and it drew their attention. Her voice was not lady-like but her tone was deep. Later on Dexter remembered that unique voice. Fitzgerald wrote in the short story, “He imagined her husky….