Winter Dreams And The Great Gatsby

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There is a quote from an anonymous speaker that says, “It takes a couple seconds to say Hello, but forever to say Goodbye.” This quote can be related to the fictional characters, Jay Gatsby and Dexter Green. Both were men who met an extraordinary woman and could never seem to let her go. These are characters from the book The Great Gatsby, and the short story Winter Dreams, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby is one of the greatest novels to come out of the Jazz Age in the 1920s. The two stories have similar plots. They are both about men who met a woman and fell in love with her, but in one way or another, she got away from them. They spent several years of their lives gaining money and rising up in society just to get her back.…show more content…
In both The Great Gatsby, Daisy is Gatsby’s final piece of his reincarnation. She is the one who would complete his climb up the ladder of society. Likewise, Judy enacts this role for Dexter in Winter Dreams. “The dream was gone. Something had been taken from him. In a sort of panic he...tried to bring up a picture of the waters on Sherry Island and the moonlit veranda, and gingham on the golf-links and the dry sun and the gold color of her neck’s soft down...Why, these things were no longer in the world! They had existed and they existed no longer.” (Winter Dreams 9). When Dexter discovered that Judy had gotten married, he felt like all his dreams were gone. He associated his dream of wealth and luxury with Judy. So, when she was no longer available to him, he felt as if his fantasies were out-of-reach as well. “The windows were ajar and gleaming white…the frosted wedding-cake of the ceiling…They were both in white…” (The Great Gatsby 8). When we first meet Daisy, she is surrounded by the color white. This theme continues throughout the book. The color white, in this story, represents money and wealth. Daisy was a very wealthy girl and came from “old money.” Old money was exactly what Gatsby needed to completely fit into society. If one were to look closely at the two characters, they would see that there are many more likenesses between
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