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The use of the word "Winter" in the title of this F. Scott Fitzgerald story hides several meanings. There is the surface meaning: the main character has met the woman of his "dreams" in wintertime. Symbolically, winter is usually used to indicate aging and death. Throughout the story, the protagonist ages and the reader follows along with him through his journey. By the end, he has experienced a kind of "death": the death of his youthful idealism, his "winter dream". The woman that he was so enamored with has left him far behind, and he finds out that she is not the girl that he once knew: in fact, a part of her has died as well. Fitzgerald's title shows us that the dreams of the protagonist have withered with his age.
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