James Truslow Adams once 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 the status of what he considers to be "elite." This story demonstrates how personal ambition and networking presents an opportunity for success and the achievement of the American Dream. However, life based on materialism alone can be a corruption rather than a fulfillment of the American Dream. Dexter Green has worked as a caddie at the Sherry Island Golf Club since he was fourteen years old to help make connections with the wealthy players for his future as the nouveau riche. His goal to achieve wealth and status affects the way he lives his life, and consequently the choices he makes. Even though Dexter has grown up in a well-to-do family, his desire to achieve his own American Dream is his incentive for personal success. Consequently, his dreams of status, wealth, and ability are what ultimately lead to the demise of his winter dreams. Because Dexter feels it is essential to achieve a high status quo in order to feel important, he believes that if he obtains solid connections with the golfers of the club, he will gain the opportunity to one day join the popular club. One of the ways Dexter tries to strive for an admired status is through Judy Jones. Judy is the epitome of success and is portrayed as the typical American dream; beautiful and charming, but with an ungodliness' in spirit. Fitzgerald states, "Judy Jones, a slender enameled doll in the cloth of gold: gold in a band at her head, gold in two slipper points at her dress's
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….
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….
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
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….
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….
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….
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”….
seasons and how they relate to the feelings in the story, in his piece Winter Dreams. Universal symbols are used to develop different themes in writer's work.
In Winter Dreams F, Scott Fitzgerald uses winter as a feeling that he has towards a certain girl that he loves so much throughout the story. But the only thing is that the drama that he ends up going through is leaving a bitter taste in his mouth. The symbol of saying winter comes from him feeling cold in his feelings and….
written by Henry James is a presentation of Realism that depicts gender roles. In Modernism, the characteristics of gender roles are affected by the changes in the society. In F. Scott Fitzgerald “Winter Dreams”, the theme was focused on the interchange of gender roles. “Daisy Miller” and “Winter Dreams” are both similar and different when it comes to gender roles.
In “Daisy Miller” Winterbourne is taking time off from Switzerland, he meets Daisy Miller through her young brother, Randolph. Winterbourne….
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….