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How do Dexter's views about the American dream change from beginning to the end of the story “Winter Dreams"?

In the beginning of "Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dexter's view of the American dream is to become rich and famous. By the end of the story, however, his view of the American dream has become caught up in his desire to win Judy Jones.

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At the beginning of the short story "Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dexter's views about the American dream are connected with ideals of fame and fortune. When he is still a caddy, he envisions himself as a wealthy and admired man who owns an expensive car and earns admiration by winning golf games and performing fancy dives off the springboard of the club raft.

Eventually he borrows money, starts a laundry business, and becomes rich. He is able to visit golf clubs as a player instead of a caddy in the company of wealthy men whose golf equipment he used to carry. This is Dexter's first vision of the American dream, but it all changes when he meets Judy Jones as an adult. He drives her boat while she uses the surf-board, and then she invites him to dinner. Fitzgerald writes that "her casual whim gave a new direction to his life."

After that meeting with Judy Jones, the American dream for Dexter is no longer fame and fortune. Instead, it is to win Judy. She has many boyfriends and...

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