Can you explain Dexter's winter dreams in "Winter Dreams"?

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ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Dexter's dream is to gain the love of wealthy Judy Jones and the lifestyle that goes with it. She is part of the American elite and Dexter wants to live this kind of life. At the beginning of the story, he is extremely happy and motivated but by the end of the story, he is forced to admit that his dreams were just an illusion. Thus, the idea of "winter", which can be beautiful, with freshly fallen white snow and glistening trees, often turns to slippery frost and the snow is darkened by people tramping on and dirt mixing with it. So it is with Dexter. His "winter dreams", once fresh and new, crumble and are tramped upon by the hollowness in Judy and the destructive nature of the so-called American dream.