Dr. Jeff Morgan
April 17th 2010
The novel “Winter Dreams,” written by Scott Fitzgerald is a classic novel of a man struggling to impress the woman he loves and to achieve the American Dream. The main character of this story Dexter has a vision of success; he wants to pursue the American Dream, money, status, and class. While chasing his goals he wants to climb the latter of wealth and then marry beautiful Judy Jones. Little does Dexter know where this journey is going to take him, the American Dream is something that every person would like to someday reach, but what happens when you get the American Dream? Fitzgerald’s voice is clearly heard in this novel because he shows the parallels’ between Dexter’s “Winters Dream” and the American Dream. He presents this idea of idealism in a negative way, telling the reader the underlying opinion that the American Dream isn’t real and that all there is left after the glitz and glam are gone is a shuddering feel of emptiness.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Although he has written many amazing thing including “Winter Dreams” his greatest accomplishment and most famous work is “The Great Gatsby.” This was publish in 1925 just three years after “Winter Dreams” was published in Metropolitan Magazine in 1922. Not only did Fitzgerald write amazing novels but he also wrote for the screen. He wrote scripts for Metro-Golden-Mayer, including some un-filmed work on the classic “Gone with the Wind”. From the 1939 until the day he died he mocked himself in a series called “The Pat Hobby Stories.” This was a sequence of 17 short stories. Fitzgerald has been an inspiration to writers when “The Great Gatsby” was published he received praise from authors such as T.S. Eliot, and J.D. Salinger.
“Winter Dreams” is a short story that takes place over a time period of twenty years. The American Dream is something that came about in the mid-1900’s this is...