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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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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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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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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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Winter Dreams

"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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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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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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Winter Dreams

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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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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Winter Dreams

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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Winter Dreams

"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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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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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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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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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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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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Winter Dreams

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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Winter Dreams

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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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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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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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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Winter Dreams

According to Trent Lorcher in his article "Lesson Plans: Modernism in Literature: Modernism is marked by a strong and intentional break with tradition. This break includes a strong reaction...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2010, 5:34 am (UTC)

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Winter Dreams

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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Winter Dreams

Dexter Green, the protagonist of "Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, has incredible dreams during the winter about his life plans. While he is young, he works as a caddy, and, during the...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2016, 8:34 pm (UTC)

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Winter Dreams

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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Winter Dreams

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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Winter Dreams

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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Winter Dreams

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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Winter Dreams

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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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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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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Winter Dreams

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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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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Winter 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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Winter Dreams

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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Winter Dreams

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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Winter Dreams

For Dexter, the initial kiss he shares with Judy is representative of a culmination of his dreams. From the first moment he saw Judy, there was something alluring about her. Dexter's love of Judy...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2013, 1:48 am (UTC)

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Winter Dreams

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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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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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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Winter Dreams

Dexter thinks of himself as a practical person whose ambition and hard work will enable him to achieve his goals. Deep inside, however, he is also a dreamer. Dexter sets reasonable goals such as...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2019, 5:24 am (UTC)

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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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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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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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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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Winter Dreams

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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Winter Dreams

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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Winter Dreams

Authors accomplish direct characterization when they closely describe characters's looks and traits. Sometimes it is the narrator who provides it, or it can be the words of another character in the...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2019, 10:04 am (UTC)

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Winter Dreams

It is clear that when we consider the hopes that both Dexter Fletcher and his creator, F. Scott Fitzgerald, have for their children, their is a significant difference in the kind of lives they want...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2010, 2:40 am (UTC)

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Another irony about Dexter thinking of Judy as his own is that he may have suspected he would never win her love. He says one thing but knows that the truth is diametrically opposed to the words he...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2018, 5:46 pm (UTC)

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