The short story, Winter Dreams, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The short story, Winter season Dreams, by F. Scott Fitzgerald holds enduring effect today, generally for the author’s ability to weave love, desire, feeling, and the moral fiber of a private into a story. The underlying theme is fixated how charm can drives a person to forget their real objective in life, thereby discovering enjoyment in selfish gain which results in eventual loss.

I will establish an analysis of characterization and style in this well known short story. The story is a narrative account of Dexter Green, a trustworthy, self-assured individual who falls into the web of infatuation of a gorgeous female, Judy Jones.

Ms. Jones is likewise a self-assured person. She, however, bases her self-confidence on her outer charm, a beauty that intoxicates males, bringing them to her knees. Judy represents intense passion, and she brings it out in males, empowering her own life. She leads Dexter to rather abruptly give up is work as a caddy because he yearns to impress Judy, and working as a caddy does not satisfy her expectations. At the time Judy is only eleven years of ages. From a really young age, we see that Dexter is the type of person who pursues his dreams, makes a plan and follows through, but Judy changes this.

The qualities of Dexter’s personality are explained by F. Scott Fitzgerald in fast fashion. Dexter’s personality emerges as Fitzgerald displays how astute, smart and positive the boy can be. Like Dexter, most of Fitzgerald’s male characters choose to feel empowered at the cost of the genuine. Just a world of impression, such as Judy Jones’, that can manage her psychological strength. For one, the story unfolds by casting a scene in between a nurse and a young girl on the golf course. These women are having a heated conversation.

Although Dexter is at a range from the scene, he plainly witnesses the event as frustrating. In the end, one woman raises a club at the other woman, a nurse. She raises the club as if she was going to pound her. But she does not follow through with her danger. Dexter finds humor in this. His ability to discover the comedy behind such childish behavior adds to his own vibrant knowledge. Here’s a snippet of this scene, as composed by the author: Recognizing that the aspects of the funny were suggested in the scene, Dexter several times started to laugh, but each time restrained the laugh before it reached audibility.

Not only is Dexter smart adequate to acknowledge this altercation as a staged circumstance, which is merely the ego of two people butting heads, but he does so without permitting this occurrence to modify his own state of mind. What’s even more funny is that Fitzgerald utilizes 2 females in this physical altercation on the golf course. Normally, the stereotype would be to place 2 men arguing while playing a sport. Not only does Fitzgerald squash the stereotyping, however he does so by having one lady threatening to almost behead another woman with a raised club. This displays Fitzgerald imaginative knack for bringing humor into a possibly disastrous scene.

Beyond this, Dexter is not concerned that this altercation might result in physical injury. He understands their childish dangers will go no place. This additional enhances his character. Not only is Dexter able to see that the fracas is not going to really end up being violent, but, at fourteen years of age, his analysis of the scene contributes to his character. Dexter’s qualities stumble upon as a young kid who can speak for himself. For instance, he is shown having a conversation with a very established man of the community. Dexter is not the least bit daunted by this adult presence.

Dexter, instead, is perceived by members of the golf course to be one of the best caddies. Dexter, then, decides to stop his caddying job. He has greater aspirations and understands that he’s gotten all can out of caddying. A golf member becomes aware of this and pleas for the young Dexter to continue to caddy for him, mentioning that he can make if extremely beneficial to Dexter. In reaction to this plea, Fitzgerald wrote: “You’re not more than fourteen. Why the devil did you decide just today that you wished to give up? You promised that next week you ‘d go over to the State competition with me.” I chose I was too old.” Dexter defends what he thinks. He is not swayed by an adult figure with a high-standing position in, both, the business world and on the golf course. The reader sees that elitism can not sway the young Dexter from going after what he truly desires in life. This is, in fact, really ironic; for Dexter wishes to be one of the elite. Years later, Dexter falls into the lustful vision of the extremely stunning Ms. Jones. Ms. Jones is more that happy to use her outer appeal to acquire countless new fans. She does start a relationship with Dexter when he is in his twenties.

Judy Jones is even boasted about by three other guys that Dexter plays golf with one day. These are, again, a few of the elite guys in society. They nearly salivate as they go over Judy Jones. “Attractive!” sobbed Mr. Hedrick contemptuously, “she constantly appears she wished to be kissed! Turning those big cow-eyes on every calf in the area!” Here, we can see Fitzgerald’s light-hearted, almost comical, means of demonstrating how guy’s desire can rule a person on particular levels. After this golf outing, Judy and Dexter begin a relationship. Dexter is happy about her.

He is– apparently for the first time– overwhelmed with a new appreciation over having Judy in his life. Judy, nevertheless, is a hollow person and Dexter doesn’t see this. This shallow characteristic in Judy represents individuals who are self-centered and look for to make gains by utilizing their physical appearance rather of becoming more experienced. Her hollow character is at the center of her world. All Dexter sees is her physical qualities which almost melt him into submission. She has the same affect on many other men in her life. Near the end of the story, Judy breaks off their relationship.

She is too quickly swayed by other men’s advances and his monetary status. Dexter is crushed by her departure, but he starts to renew his life and begins a relationship with a great woman. This girl is less than glamorous but is filled with other rewarding attributes. Judy, then, runs back to Dexter but he does not take her bait. Dexter then finds through Delvin, that Judy has actually given that gotten married and is raising a family. Now, however, Judy has lost her charm and is being dealt with unfairly by her partner. This other half runs off with other women, leaving Judy alone to raise the kids.

In closing, we see who skillfully Fitzgerald establishes style and story. Fitzgerald likewise learned how to form his short stories to satisfy the requirements of magazine readers while, at the exact same time, utilizing these major themes as springboards into longer fiction. Winter season Dream is focused around characterization. It’s the characters and their interactions with one another that make this story so empowering. Its effect is still felt today due to the fact that so much of society continues to be tricked by external charm’s advances. For, the true appeal originates from deep within the body and soul of a person who shares their life instead of taking advantage of others.

SOURCES

F. Scott Fitzgerald http://people.brandeis.edu/~teuber/fitzgeraldbio.html#winterdreams

Introduction to the Narrative dhttp:// www.people.vcu.edu/~bmangum/fitzstories.html