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by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In "Winter Dreams," what details indicate that Dexter is an ambitious young man?

Details in "Winter Dreams" that indicate Dexter is an ambitious young man include his efforts to excel at caddying, his decision to quit that job, his decision to attend college, and his enrolling in a prestigious school in another state. These specific items fit with his overall goal of moving away from his small hometown and becoming successful.

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In the short story "Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the protagonist Dexter Green comes from a middle-class background but aspires to rise in society. The story tells of Dexter's business success as well as his off-again on-again relationship with a wealthy socialite named Judy Jones.

Fitzgerald focuses on Dexter's relentless ambition just a few paragraphs into the story as he describes Dexter's "winter dreams." Although Dexter at the time is merely a caddy, he envisions himself as a brilliant golf champion who always wins matches, sometimes "with laughable ease" and sometimes coming up "magnificently from behind." He also imagines himself stepping out of an expensive automobile and meeting Mr. Mortimer Jones, Judy Jones's father, as an equal at the golf club. While there, he gives an imaginary "exhibition of fancy diving from the springboard of the club raft."

The next indication of Dexter's ambition in the story is when he quits caddying. Rather than behave as a servant and carry...

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