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Topics for Further Study

(Short Stories for Students)

  • Read over the passage where Dexter skis on the snow-covered fairways and feels a sense of melancholy. Write a poem or a short sketch describing a scene in nature and your—or a character's—emotional response to it.
  • Read one of the other stories in Fitzgerald's collection All the Sad Young Men and compare its style and themes to that of ‘‘Winter Dreams.’’
  • If you were going to make a film version of the story, how would you cinematically represent Dexter's ‘‘winter dreams?’’
  • Investigate the consequences the Depression had on the lives of Americans who had been wealthy during the 1920s. How many lost their fortunes? How did they survive?