F Scott Fitzgerald Winter Dreams Analysis

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Throughout history, innovation has allowed mankind to progress forward through the ages of stone, iron, atomic and technology. It has been defined by many artist’s writing and the impact they had on society. F. Scott Fitzgerald is often seen as the author of the Jazz Age, with innovative works on society. As a child, Fitzgerald was not naturally popular, but he had an amazing talent to write. So he used his talent to write plays and win the hearts and minds of his classmates. As he moved onto college, Fitzgerald continued to write plays and use his work to influence people. This is when he found alcohol and became addicted. This all took away from his classwork, and he soon dropped out of Princeton. Although Fitzgerald’s first love was a girl…show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald uses irony to show the reader that love is multi-sided and hard to understand. The story revolves around the life of Dexter, who is a successful businessman. He falls in love with a girl named Judy while he was a boy. Later on in his life, Dexter meets her again; and although she has multiple boyfriends, cheats, and lies, he still falls in love for her again. 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. This irony gives the reader a view of how complex love really is. Moreover, Dexter continues to go on dates with Judy and loves her, even knowing that she deceives him constantly. Fitzgerald writes, “he was glad that she had taken the trouble to lie to him” (Francis 227). Fitzgerald again uses contradiction to describe how Judy’s lying only makes Dexter’s love for her stronger. She is able to do horrible things to Dexter only because of his history with her and what she represents in his life, love. These…show more content…
In the story, Benjamin was born old and aged younger. At a dance early on in the story, Benjamin finds a beautiful girl named Hildegarde and asks to dance. While they are dancing, she comments, “You’re just the romantic age… I’d rather marry a man of fifty and be taken care of than marry a man of thirty and take care of him” (Fitzgerald 171). This shows irony becauses Benjamin is actually much younger than her but appears to be older, and therefore is chosen because he looks old. In this, Fitzgerald describes how love takes different forms and can be felt differently between the same couple. Benjamin loves Hildegarde for her beauty, and Hildegarde loves him because he looks like fifty and is the “right age.” This shows a very opposite viewpoint between the two lovers and is ironic about how they are even able to fall in love. Later on in the story, Benjamin was much younger and Hildegarde much older. He had joined the army and upon return home, was no longer attracted to his wife, who was older than him now. While at a party, Fitzgerald explains, “Never a party of any kind in the city of Baltimore but he was there, dancing with the pretties of the young, married women… while his wife, a dowager of evil omen, sat among the chaperons” (Fitzgerald 175). Benjamine no longer feels the intense desire for Hildegarde that he once felt when he was young, but old. Hildegarde
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