Winter Dreams Research Paper

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Winter Dreams by F. Scott Fitzgerald is about a man who always had his goals or dreams set high until the end when all his dreams were crushed. This story takes place in Black Bear Minnesota, Sherry Island Golf Club, and New York. Some of the major characters include Dexter Green, the caddie and business owner, and Judy Jones, the girl Dexter thinks is perfect. Winter Dreams begins with Dexter skiing across a golf course. The story then jumps to April where Dexter caddies at the Sherry Island Golf Club. At work he runs across a girl named Judy Jones. Judy asks Dexter to hold her clubs, when he tells her he cannot move from his post until the caddie master returns, she throws a temper tantrum “taking one of the clubs and hitting the ground…show more content…
Reality versus idealism is very common as everybody has a picture in their head but the chances that picture matches reality is very low. Dexter sees Judy as a perfect woman but she says “There was a man I cared about, and this afternoon he told me out of a clear sky that he was poor as a church-mouse”(Fitzgerald 5). Judy is just into men for their money, but Dexter has an image of her that he can’t ignore. The dark side of the American dream refers to the high cost of keeping up a high social status, and restricting yourself to only hanging out with other wealthy. The American dream changes a person’s personality and the choices they make in life. Dexter “knew that to be careless in dress and manner required more confidence than to be careful. But carelessness was for his children” (Fitzgerald 4). Dexter is greatly affected by the American dream and creates an ideal world, which can’t compare to…show more content…
Dexter has come from a middle class family and worked his way to become a part of the upper class. His dreams “persuaded Dexter years later to pass up a business course at the State university – his father, prospering now, would have paid his way – for the precarious advantage of attending an older and more famous university in the East, where he was bothered by his scanty funds” (Fitzgerald 2), showing Dexter worked to get where he is now. Judy didn’t help make him feel any better, rather she him feel like charity. Dexter later realizes that he never actually loved Judy. “The dream was gone. Something had been taken from him. In a sort of panic he pushed the palms of his hands into his eyes and tried to bring up a picture of the waters lapping on Sherry Island and the moonlit veranda, and gingham on the golf-links and the dry sun and the gold color of her neck's soft down. And her mouth damp to his kisses and her eyes plaintive with melancholy and her freshness like new fine linen in the morning. Why, these things were no longer in the world! They had existed and they existed no longer” (Fitzgerald 9). Dexter got over Judy and realized she is not the person he thought she

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