F. Scott Fitzgerald's Winter Dreams And The Great Gatsby

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Chasing the American Dream

The short novel Winter Dreams, helped launch F. Scott Fitzgerald’s career as one of American literature’s well-known novelist and is now transformed into The Great Gatsby.Which first became public to the open, when it was published in the Metropolitan Magazine as one chapter per week. In the two stories Winter Dreams and The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, both demonstrate a high demanded society of wealth and social class. Both main characters from each story, known as Dexter and Gatsby are reaching to fit in the high class society to achieve the American Dream. Also known as old money in New York for Gatsby and Minnesota for Dexter. As both characters try to fit in this society to impress the woman
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Dexter and Gatsby both share similar traits and personality throughout both stories.“The little girl who had done this was eleven-beautifully ugly as little girls are apt to be who are destined after a few years to be inexpressibly lovely and bring no end of misery to a great number of men. The spark, however, was perceptible.”(Winter Dreams).“The officer looked at Daisy while she was speaking, in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at sometime, and because it seemed romantic to me I have remembered the incident ever since. His name was Jay Gatsby and I didn’t lay eyes on him again for over four years.”(The Great Gatsby). Dexter and Gatsby both share a past with their true loves. Dexter met his true love when she was eleven years old at a golf course he was working at and Gatsby met his true love during World War 1. Both Gatsby and Dexter know that these women are high of social class. They find something unique in them, that will help them get where they need to be to achieve the American Dream.“For the first time in years the tears were streaming down his face. But they were for himself now. He did not care about mouth and eyes and moving hands. He wanted to care, and he could not care. For he had gone away and he could never go back any more.”(Winter Dreams).“Then I turned back to Gatsby and was startled at his expression. He looked-and this is said in all contempt for the babbled slander…show more content…
Gatsby reveals a different side to himself, than Dexter.“I found out what your ‘drug stores’ were.” He turned to us and spoke rapidly. “He and Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. That’s one of his little stunts. I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him and I wasn’t far wrong.” (The Great Gatsby). Gatsby has a great work ethic, as mentioned in the novel. But Gatsby’s work ethic wasn’t used in the right way to be successful. Gatsby gained his wealth, by selling illegal alcohol over the counter in drug stores. Also known as a bootlegger. Tom calls Gatsby out on his illegal fair of business, to show Daisy that Gatsby is worthless and is not from old money. But Gatsby’s ability to reach that American Dream is now destroyed. Daisy knows that she is too good for Gatsby and has nothing to do with him.“At two o’clock Gatsby put on his bathing suit and left word with the butler that if anyone phoned word was to be brought to him at the pool. Gatsby shouldered the mattress and started for the pool. Once he stopped and shifted it a little and the chauffeur asked him if he needed help, but he shook his head and in a moment disappeared among the yellowing trees.”(The Great Gatsby). Gatsby ends up dying in the end loving Daisy. There wasn’t one moment that Gatsby did not love Daisy any less. Gatsby’s life revolved around

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