Winter Dreams Literary Analysis

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“That Bitter Dream” Minnesota is known for its cold weather; F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "winter dreams" takes place in Black Butte Lake, Minnesota. Dexter, the protagonists, is a fourteen-year-old caddy at the Golf Club. Dexter falls in love with eleven-year-old Judy Jones, and looks forward to have her. After some time when he is twenty-three years old, they start dating. 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…show more content…
Irony is a language style that writers use to let readers expect something, but eventually something else happens. After Judy leaves Dexter, he gets engaged to a girl named Irene Scheerer. Moreover he gets back to Judy at some point which "gave serious hurt to Irene Scheerer and her parents" (Fitzgerald 433). The reader could never imagine that Dexter would give Irene the hurt that he got from Judy because he tasted the pain, but he hurts her because "Judy is the picture of passion and beauty, and energy and loveliness," therefore he could leave everything just to have her (Gidmark 4644). At the beginning of the story: Fitzgerald asserts that Judy "[is] more beautiful than everybody else" and that she plays around with guys most of the time (433). Yet she ends up with a husband who "treats her like a devil" (Fitzgerald 435); she plays around no more, but "she stays at home with her kids" (435). This is ironic because the reader would never think that Judy, the gorgeous girl, "is beautiful but not happy" with her new life (Gidmark 4642). Irony is used in the story to make the reader excited and inpatient for the end, nevertheless surprisingly the story ends in a different way from what the reader is thinking. Additionally to similes and irony, the author uses symbolism as
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