At one moment while they’re on a date, Fitzgerald describes Dexter’s emotions as, “no disillusion as to the world in which she had grown up could cure his illusion as to her desirability” (Francis 228). Fitzgerald uses a distinct sense of contradiction in his description of the Dexter’s love interest in Judy. Judy has been apart of Dexter's life since he was just a boy, and he grow apart of his life. This gives her a greater influence over his own feelings and identity. Dexter says that the confusion and pain Judy brings him ultimately is what brings him joy and happiness.
As the story continues, Judy’s selfishness ties with how she treated Dexter. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, a month after Dexter and her engagement she leaves him once again. With this decision Judy never thought about how it would affect Dexter in the long run. Her actions proves that he desire for wealth drives her to only take part in these selfish acts. Winter Dreams concludes when Dexter finally hears of Judy after the end of their engagement.
No disillusion as to the world in which she had grown up could cure his illusion as to her desirability. Eventually, Dexter became engaged to another young lady who would further his dreams of a stable home life in which his children grew up with the easy attitudes of the rich. On the night before his engagement, Judy comes back into his life. Once again he is drawn to her. He leaves his fiancée and wedding plans to spend one month with Judy Jones.
Scott Fitzgerald then reversed Judy and Dexter back to their normal stereotypes as in the stereotypical male and stereotypical female. They went back to their normal cliche stereotypes when Dexter went back to look for judy again, but completely single with his engagement to Irene called off, only to find that Judy got married and had kids while her husband was being unfaithful to her. Overall, with this short story written by F. scott Fitzgerald, he was trying to show that life goes on and to break the stereotypes because something good could come out of it, even though Dexter and Judy never fully realized it. “Winter Dreams” is a very successful name for the short story if it truly means what Jill Gidmark had written; “ The aging process is signified by the word “winter” in the title, but “winter” also signifies a transition that is more tragic than physical deterioration...Dexter’s emotions have become frozen. He has lost the ability to care or to feel.
Though Judy tricks Dexter and goes with another guy. Thus Dexter fails to marry her due to her personality; he became engaged to Irene Scheerer. All the sudden he meets Judy ad break up with Irene for her, still he leaves for war in World War I and cannot marry her. In the short story "Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, similes, irony, and symbolism help the reader
On the surface it seems as though “Winter Dreams” is a romantic story about the love Dexter, a young man who aspires to surpass his middle-class background, has for Judy, a privileged young woman born into wealth. The moral of the story is about being one’s own worst enemy, and falling victim to our malformed impressions and ideals of the the world and our inability to independently define our own self-worth. The intro of “Winter Dreams” exposes Dexter's character when the narrator says, “Some of the caddies were poor as sin and lived in one-room houses with a neurasthenic cow in the front yard, but Dexter Green's father owned the second-best grocery store in Black Bear.” The use of the simile, “poor as sin” establishes Dexter’s repugnance of poverty. His obsession and fixation on status is revealed by using the words, “second-best grocery store.” He also describes winter as, “profoundly melancholy” associating winter with being extremely miserable and disturbing thus foreshadowing his final outcome at the end. Dexter covets the lives of the wealthy so he quits his job making the decision to become one of the rich men that plays golf instead of the mediocre helper.
That thing will come back no more’” (Fitzgerald 14). Fitzgerald repeats “That thing is gone” over and over again to emphasize the phrase and ensure that the readers know that he is intentionally emphasizing it. The phrase “That thing is gone” holds significance that Dexter lost his chance with love and he ends up in grief, but Dexter continues to let himself be obscured by his obsession for Judy as he stresses himself over not being able to achieve his securing Judy. Dexter locks himself in a never ending loop of despair and regret for not accomplishing his dream. Fitzgerald further reminds his readers that too much ambition can result in dissatisfaction by leading them on through blurred
The poor people were treated with disrespect and indignity. For example, Scrooge says; “Are there no prisons and Union workhouses? Are they still in operation?” (Dickens 16). He is asking if there are any prisons so the poor can have somewhere to stay instead of living on the street. Scrooge thought that they should go to prison
The second example of irony in the short story Winter Dreams is when Judy tells Dexter before he leaves for the war that she wanted to marry him. But when Dexter left, she ended up marrying another guy. This is an example of dramatic irony because it is understood because it is understood by audience reading, but the character still does not understand. The third and last example of irony in the short story Winter Dreams is at the end of the story when Dexter leaves Irene to be with Judy again, but in the end Judy backs stabs him again. This would be an example of situational irony because they situation turned out the opposite than what it should
Throughout life, many people display the extreme effect social class can play on one's personality. In Fitzgerald's "Winter Dreams," he emphasizes the complications of social status in the 1920's and the negative implications that come from the aggressive pursuit of the American Dream. Throughout Fitzgerald's work, he illustrates the accumulation of one's wealth causes one to lose sympathy for others through characterization, diction, and tone. In "Winter Dreams," Fitzgerald emphasizes the negative effect of wealth on one's sympathy for others through the use of characterization. Early in the passage readers encounter the young Judy Jones in action of throwing her golf club violently to the ground.