The Winter Dream: The Winter Dream And The Great Gatsby

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Wasted Away “There can be no deep disappointment where there is no deep love.” (Martin Luther King Jr.) When love and understanding embeds itself between two extraordinary individuals, there will most undoubtedly be sorrow when the relationship ceases to exist. The novel The Great Gatsby and the short story Winter Dream, both by F. Scott Fitzgerald, each features an eligible man who becomes utterly devoted to a woman shortly after encountering her. Although both stories commence excessively similar, they end quite diversely. Even though the two stories are noticeably comparable, they end contrastingly apart as a result of the minuscule discrepancies within the stories. These modest differences and similarities lie within the approaches the…show more content…
The backgrounds of these two characters, Gatsby and Dexter, dictate how they make decisions when attempting to win Daisy’s and Judy’s affections. “Dexter Green’s father owned the second best grocery-store in Black Bear--the best one was “The Hub,”patronized by the wealthy people from Sherry Island--and Dexter caddied only for pocket-money.” (Fitzgerald 1) Because Dexter grew up with a surplus amount of money he was therefore not as determined to be with the girl of their dreams. Although the author reiterated throughout the short story that Dexter wanted to be with Judy, he does not actually do anything drastic to get Judy’s attention. Instead, he waits for Judy to approach him and acts quite serene when they are together. “He had been full of the idea so long, dreamed it right through to the end, waited with his teeth set, so to speak, at an inconceivable pitch of intensity.” (Fitzgerald 97). Because Gatsby grew up in the absence of money and only acquired what he had through strenuous work, he was not willing to let his dream go as easily as Dexter. Holding onto his dream of being with Daisy was exactly what Gatsby did until his life came to an abrupt end. Although Gatsby and Dexter both created elaborate dreams for themselves that were seemingly flawless, their dreams’ success was dictated by just one character’s
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