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

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scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Dexter from this Fitzgerald short story is much like the author's most famous character, Jay Gatsby.  They are both from Minnesotan families and long for a better, glamorous life away from their upbringing.  Dexter begins working at a young age, showing his ambition. And, he knows that caddying for rich golfers is no way for him to escape his tedious life; so he refuses to caddy for a little girl.

Another example of his ambition is his willingness to pass up a sure thing (a business course that his dad could have paid for) in order to pursue a more prestigious education out East. Just like James Gatz, Dexter makes a plan for his future early on and successfully carries out the business part of it (if not the personal part).