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Winter Dreams

How would you describe Dexter Green and Judy in Winter Dreams?

Dexter Green is an ambitious person who wishes to one day golf with the wealthy individuals he caddies for as a young man. He is attracted to wealth and also becomes infatuated with Judy as a...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2016 10:35 am UTC

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What is the symbolism behind the title "Winter Dreams"?

The title "Winter Dreams" is symbolic of Dexter Green's future ambitions that are never realized, but which always occupy his mind. Winter is a season when much of nature lies dormant. Likewise, in...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2016 12:47 pm UTC

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Why does Dexter quit his job in "Winter Dreams"?

Dexter quits working as a caddy in F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "Winter Dreams" when he is at the top of his game. Dexter is known as the best caddy at the club, but after seeing Judy Jones...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016 7:06 pm UTC

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What are examples of figurative language in "Winter Dreams?"

F. Scott Fitzgerald uses figurative language such as similes, metaphors, and symbolism in Winter Dreams. As we read, we can make note of the figurative language. Similes and metaphors are both...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2019 3:58 pm UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2020 12:28 am UTC

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What is the theme of "Winter Dreams"? 

Ambition is one prevalent theme in "Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Dexter Green dreams of breaking free of his humble origins and becoming a part of the society of those who frequent the...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2016 11:27 pm UTC

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How are the four seasons symbolic for Dexter in "Winter Dreams"?

In “Winter Dreams,” each of the four seasons symbolizes a different stage and aspect of Dexter’s aspirations to wealth and an upper class status. The cyclical seasonal calendar parallels the...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2020 3:34 pm UTC

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What does Judy represent for Dexter in "Winter Dreams"? Does Dexter really love her?

For Dexter, Judy Jones is the epitome of the "glittering things and glittering people" of the world of wealth that he covets. It is around her that Dexter creates his "winter dreams." When he first...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2015 9:00 am UTC

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What does the sentence that begins “He wanted not association with glittering things. . .” in the first paragraph of...

Dexter has grown up in close proximity to wealth and the access it provides, but he is the son of a small grocery store owner, serving as a caddy for the wealthy men in town. He can witness...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2018 12:00 am UTC

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What happens the second time Dexter meets Judy Jones?

The second time Dexter meets Judy Jones, she happens across his golf foursome after hitting one of his group in the stomach with her golf ball. Dexter recognizes her immediately, but she doesn't...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2019 7:37 am UTC

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Why does Dexter really quit caddying in Winter Dreams?  

Dexter's real reason for quitting his caddying job is that he's deeply affected by his first encounter with the young Judy, and he has to do something about these strong feelings right away: But...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2016 4:18 pm UTC

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In "Winter Dreams," what feelings does Dexter associate with each season?

The winter in Minnesota is bleak for Dexter; he describes living in it as "a feeling of profound melancholy." Nonetheless, it offers him time and solitude to reflect on the direction he wants his...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2016 5:02 pm UTC

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

Dexter's dreams in "Winter Dreams" are dreams of having a better life and rising above the station that he was born into. He dreams of being a golf champion, stepping from an expensive automobile...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2019 2:31 am UTC

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Winter Dreams," what does Judy represent to Dexter?   

For Dexter, Judy represents all that glitters. That is, she is the embodiment of ambition and success, money, and beauty. That's what Dexter wants, and that's why he never sees her as she truly is....

Latest answer posted April 5, 2016 11:40 pm UTC

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Describe the disillusionment with the American dream in the short story "Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The disillusionment featured in the short story revolves around Dexter's belief that happiness can be attained through gain and want, without some type of moral foundation that serves as a bedrock...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2010 9:21 am UTC

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What happens to Dexter and Judy's engagement in Winter Dreams?

I'm not sure Judy ever took their engagement seriously. She flirts with other men and frequently goes off alone with them. After more than a year of watching this kind of behavior, Dexter finally...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2008 5:47 am UTC

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What exactly are Dexter's "winter dreams"?

We first hear about these fantastical "winter dreams" early in the story: October filled him with hope which November raised to a sort of ecstatic triumph, and in this mood the fleeting brilliant...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2020 9:51 pm UTC

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How is Dexter a dynamic character in "Winter Dreams"?

Dexter Green changes in several very significant ways in the story. As a boy, he lives a working-class life in a working-class community, one that provides services for the wealthy people who live...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2009 7:55 am UTC

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In "Winter Dreams," what motivates Dexter Green to reach his goals?

Dexter has grown up around people with more money and higher social status than his family, who were grocers. The years that Dexter spent caddying at the golf club brought him into contact with...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2018 9:51 pm UTC

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Describe and analyze the character of Judy Jones.

It is important that the reader mainly sees Judy through Dexter Green's eyes, which admire Judy less for who she is than for what she represents: the upper class to which Dexter wishes to belong....

Latest answer posted October 25, 2018 10:59 am UTC

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In "Winter Dreams," at the beginning of Section 2, what does the narrator say Dexter wants? How does Judy embody his...

At the beginning of Part II of Fitzgerald's short story, the narrator suggests that Dexter Green has "winter dreams" of not just achieving financial success, but he dreams most of all of "the...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2017 12:14 pm UTC

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What are Dexter's responses when Judy keeps appearing in his life in Winter Dreams?

When Dexter Green first sees Judy Jones, she is only eleven; however, he is struck by the beauty of this girl and "winter dreams" of attainable beauty and of being rich begin to dictate his life....

Latest answer posted March 6, 2014 12:28 pm UTC

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What does the reader learn about Dexter's family and social position in "Winter Dreams"?

In the first episode, we are told that teenager Dexter Green is known as one of the best caddies at the Sherry Island Golf Club. From this, we can infer that he spends his days in the company of...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2020 3:32 pm UTC

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Do you think Dexter knew his engagement to Irene would not last? What clues does the text provide?

If Judy Jones had not reappeared in Dexter's life on the night of the University Club dance, it is likely that he would have married Irene Scheerer and had the children he imagined hearing her call...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2018 8:36 pm UTC

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What is the mood and tone of "Winter Dreams"?

In "Winter Dreams," Dexter longs to obtain the favor of a girl named Judy Jones. But in every meeting and every opportunity with her, she seems to draw him just close enough—and then run in a...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2019 1:42 pm UTC

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In "Winter Dreams," what makes Dexter "newer and stronger" than the "careless" wealthy people he meets?

The classic short story "Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald tells of a golf caddy who overcomes his humble origins and becomes rich through a chain of laundries he owns. He meets a spoiled rich...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2019 4:28 pm UTC

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Examine how "Winter Dreams" is a Modernist text.

"Winter Dreams" is a modernist text in that it advances a radically subjective view of the world through the actions of Judy and Dexter. As a literary movement, modernism arose out of the aftermath...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2019 9:49 am UTC

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What would be a critical thesis statement for "Winter Dreams?"

You could write a thesis statement which argues that the pursuit of the American Dream is a fool's errand when it is based on external notions of success. In Dexter Green's case, he believes that...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2018 4:57 am UTC

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Identify and discuss five examples of imagery in "Winter Dreams" that convey the emotional intensity of Dexter and...

I love that word "entanglement" as a description of Judy and Dexter's relationship. It's perfect for them: Judy keeps drawing Dexter in with her charms and beauty, filling his head with thoughts of...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2016 4:42 pm UTC

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Is Dexter Green from "Winter Dreams" a dynamic or static character?

Dexter is a dynamic character, meaning he changes in a significant way by the time the story ends. Most main characters in a story are dynamic, because most stories involve meeting challenges,...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2016 4:06 pm UTC

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What are three adjectives used to describe Dexter's character in the story "Winter Dreams", by Fitzgerald?

He is "successful" in making money. Evidence: "He made money." He is successful because he wants to impress people.When he first meets Judy, he is "confident. Evidence:...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2007 8:16 pm UTC

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What does "Winter Dreams" say about the American Dream?

The story problematizes whatever it is we mean by the phrase “American dream.” In a conventional sense, Dexter’s story, of rising from the son of immigrants to the wealthy owner of a string of...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2018 1:28 pm UTC

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What is the importance of the setting of "Winter Dreams" and how does it create atmosphere or mood in the story? Give...

"Winter Dreams" is, in part, about the illusory nature of beauty and the difference between beauty and reality. It's set primarily at a Sherry Island country club and in the nearby town of Black...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2019 2:17 pm UTC

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At the end of "Winter Dreams," what happens to Judy?

Dexter Green is infatuated with Judy Jones from the very first time he sees her on the golf course when he is fourteen and she is eleven in F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "Winter Dreams." She is...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016 1:28 am UTC

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What is Dexter Green's physical description in "Winter Dreams"? 

Dexter's characterization throughout the story largely depends on his thoughts and emotions, not on his physical appearance. But we know for certain that he dresses well, and we can infer that he's...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2016 11:18 pm UTC

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How is Dexter affected by the news that Judy has married another man and subsequently lost her beauty? What does...

When Devlin first mentions that Judy's looks, at twenty-seven, are "all right," Dexter finds his assessment ludicrous, protesting that "she was a great beauty." He already knows that she has been...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2018 5:05 pm UTC

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Are readers expected to feel sorry for Judy and Dexter? Explain the ways in which the story inspires sympathy for the...

Fitzgerald's stories often portray young men in love with women who are beautiful, unusual, and unattainable. They are not unattainable because they are not interested in romance; in fact the...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016 2:37 am UTC

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What happens when Dexter meets Judy Jones the first and second time in Fitzgerald's "Winter Dreams"?

Judy is less a person for Dexter than a kind of ideal, a thing or way of being that he desires to attain. It is her stubborn subjectivity, however—the fact of her living her own life, independent...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019 3:01 pm UTC

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What are good quotes pertaining to Judy Jones' love for money/ social status in "Winter Dreams"?

I think that Fitzgerald's short story gives a great amount in terms of describing the Judy's materialist pursuits. One of the best instances of this would be when Judy and Dexter are talking after...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2011 4:40 am UTC

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What is some symbolism that is used throughout "Winter Dreams"?

One of the symbols that appears in the story "Winter Dreams" is light. On the day that Dexter first sees the beautiful Judy Jones grown up, he sees the light of a harvest moon. When he goes...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2019 8:18 pm UTC

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Why do you think Dexter feels such a profound sense of loss when he hears about Judy at the end of the story?

Like other women in the Fitzgerald canon, Judy Jones has been idealized by the male protagonist, in this case Dexter. The indifferent description given of her by the man "from the Middle West"...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2020 11:36 pm UTC

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In “Winter Dreams” what ultimately destroys Dexter’s dreams?

The ultimate destruction of Dexter's dreams occurs in the final section of this brilliant story when he hears news of Judy Jones, the glittering golden girl that has formed a central part of his...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2011 7:04 pm UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2020 7:03 pm UTC

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In "Winter Dreams," how does Dexter react to Devlin's news?

In F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Winter Dreams," we follow the life of Dexter Green. The story is told in three different parts and at three different segments of Dexter's life. When he is 14 the story...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2009 12:03 pm UTC

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In "Winter Dreams," why does Dexter lie about his hometown?

Black Bear, Dexter's actual hometown, symbolizes all the things he tries to distance himself from in adulthood. It is a "footstool," used by the wealthy for its resources, but not fashionable...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2020 11:24 pm UTC

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What is the point of view for F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Winter Dreams?"

While the narration in "Winter Dreams" is a standard third-person omniscient point-of-view, an unusual aspect is the way the narrator takes an active role in the telling, rather than the normal...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2012 4:59 pm UTC

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Why doesn't Dexter marry Judy Jones or Irene Sheerer?

Dexter has already been in love with the beautiful and mercurial Judy Jones when he dates Irene Scheerer. He is very close to becoming engaged to Irene—not because he truly loves her, but because...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2019 1:13 pm UTC

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In the short story "Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, what is the relationship between Judy and Dexter?

The previous Educator has explained the fickle and shallow nature of Dexter Green's obsession with Judy Jones. I refrain from calling it love, despite their engagement, because Dexter never really...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2019 7:36 pm UTC

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How would "Winter Dreams" be different if Dexter had married Irene Scheerer after all? Would he have been able to...

The questions that relate to Dexter's choices between Irene and Judy capture the possible tension between happiness and ambition. Fitzgerald makes a clear case that Dexter could have found...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2016 7:22 am UTC

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In Winter Dreams by F. Scott Fitzgerald, what is Judy's reaction to hitting Mr. Hedrick with the golf ball?  

When Judy realizes that her golf ball has struck Mr. Hedrick in his stomach, Judy offers a terse, insincere apology, then defends herself by reminding the men that she had called out "Fore!" (which...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2016 1:04 am UTC

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