Essay On Masculinity In F. Scott Fitzgerald's Winter Dreams

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald´s “Winter Dreams” Fitzgerald portrays Judy as a woman with a free-spirited attitude toward men that can give her satisfaction. Even though Dexter, who is a wealthy business man, is trying to win her over, she takes on other men, leaving Dexter incapable towards her love. Judy´s dominance, attempts at golf and usage of men can be traced as a more masculine type, instead of the stereotypical feminist approach to control her desires. She gives Dexter the impression on not trying to peruse her, and takes on the dominant role in the relationship. This essay will show how Judy´s behavior as a masculine character can be portrayed negatively, as she defies expectations and is able to manipulate events to her advantage despite being a woman in a patriarchal society, and how…show more content…
Viewing feminism and masculinity as two different genders, how their roles are different when it occurs in decision making, power, and inhabiting space that are women´s and vice versa (Lecture notes 29. March 2017). Fitzgerald has on the first hand chosen to write his story as a reflection on his own life, where he includes his troubled masculinity and physical struggle, including the attempt to explain his definition on masculinity in the early 20th century. On the other hand, his work reveals details about his life before and afterlife with Zelda, which includes alcohol, depression and suicide attempts in the family. Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald´s life together is a base history for many of his stories and characters (Coursey, 1). In “Winter dreams” Judy is a character that reflects on Fitzgerald´s relationship with Ginevra King, who he loved and lost before he met Zelda. Ginevra ended this relationship due to various reasons that may have included social class and money, and is later on characterized as a self-centered and egotistical (Berman,
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