Give a prime example of the direct characterization of Dexter?

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janeyb eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is such a wonderful story. All of F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing evokes such clear images, and his characterization becomes very clear from his use of language. For example, as the narrator says, "as so frequently would be the case in the future, Dexter was unconsciously dictated to by his winter dreams.’’ Dextor is frivolous but maybe only in what he places value on. He cares for wealth, pretty girls, and status. This is played out in his relationship with Judy and the way he lives his life. His winter dream (his idea of a perfect life) emcompasses wealth, pretty girls, and status, and it is for that reason that he is chasing those things. This is why he takes the fact that Judy has lost her beauty so seriously. The loss of her beauty is the loss of his dream.