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

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For Dexter, Judy is the personification of the "American Dream". Like the "American Dream" Judy is very fickle. Dexter is hooked because just as he thinks he is about to capture Judy's attention, she cancels a date with him to go out with someone else. Like the American Dream, her power over Dexter is based on her charm to make herself seem so desirable. However, at the end of the story, Dexter learns she has married unhappily and has lost her good looks. Like the American Dream, her allure becomes tarnished over time. Dexter is very disappointed but, if he really looks at his life, he accomplished a better life than his supposed "American Dream".