Winter Dreams (PDF or ebook) by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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D maybe some day she said kiss me she said I'd like to marry you she said I love you she said nothing. Winter Dreams by F Fitzgerald is a very popular and amazing book that portrays the life of a young man Dexter Many people will agree that this is uite a tragic book the tremendous influence women have on men Fitzgerald uses some typical examples of his life to show that some things are not uite the rush Even though the book does not really relate to the everyday lives of some people this book has a huge impact on the lives of people because it provides the average man with an everyday scenario of what goes on and it also brings out the strong control women can have on men Men out there do not know something until they have something You can see a valuable thing and long for it until you get it but after you get it you do not really see the rush or even the need for it The same thing can be related here Dexter sees Judy as that beautiful charming and uite naughty girl and he longs for her He tried everything from dropping his middle class caddy boy job to getting rich Then later he succeeds in winning her heart and finally knew the real Judy Jones He knows her as one who likes the attention of men and does not want to get married If he had not so longed for her that deeply he would not have wound up in this mess in the first place He explains Long ago he said long ago there was something in me but now that thing is gone Now that thing is gone that thing is gone I cannot cry I cannot care That thing will come back no That what happens to men when they meet with a beautiful and find out that she does not want to stay under a husband or be a wife Women have great control over men Men feel uite weak when they are under the strong tie or spell of a woman A woman can convince a man to basically do anything for her and the man would obey Take an example of Adam and Eve With the strong control Eve had on Adam he could easily control Adam to commit a sin by eating the Apple Lets go back to Winter Dreams We can easily see the control Judy had over men especially men with fat pockets She knows how to work her charm well and work that physical body of hers to call men on all four corners of the globe She uses that charm a lot to get Dexter under her There was even an incidence that occurred that she lied to Dexter and he simply accepted The helpless ecstasy of loosing himself he says in her charm was a powerful opiate rather than a tonic Women still use that charm against men to get their way out of trouble or get a man to do a uick errand for them Men Beware Fitzgerald tries to put the story in way that affects each and every life of people But most people already had these past experiences and can relate to similar situations in their lives Other people will just say i will never get myself tangled in a situation of that sort or i am too smart for that They believe they could just handle themselves uite well enough Most people are in that kind of scenario where they deeply crave for something and then later the thing they crave have no value at all They say the book has no value or impacts on their lives or the book is not that helpful at all This book plays uite a huge role in the lives of people because it provides an everyday scenario that must people face and will later face It also proves that the things we feel have the highest value could be the most hated and we must start to accept low value things as well as we may end up uite happy with those Most people will say this book has a positive impact on their lives because they get to avoid that tragic fate of Dexter and take another complete turn on their lives for the better Whilst on the other hand others will say that the book has little or no impact on their lives at all People should take this book and the meaning and incorporate it into their lifestyles because it could save you from great dangers and perils

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Winter Dreams

There was all the ecstasy of an engagement about it sharpened by his realization that there was no en. I m starting to get the impression that Scott Fitzgerald was a better short story writer than he was a novelist Winter Dreams coming in at under fifty pages left of a mark on me than some of his most famous novels First appearing in the Metropolitan Magazine all the way back in 1922 it is considered one of his finest During a cold winter Dexter Green son of the owner of the second best grocery store in Black Bear Minnesota skis across the snowed in golf course where he caddies in the warmer months to earn his pocket money In April the spring thaw begins and the first golfers brave the course Unlike the dismal spring the autumn and winter empower Dexter and stimulate his imagination As time passes he eventually falls in love with a girl called Judy but things don t go as planned and he ends up getting engaged to another Irene As the years pass he is in New York and learns that Judy has married a friend of his thus bringing back the sweet memories from times gone by This charming and poignant story is ultimately about mourning the past and a lost youth which one so dearly wishes could be reclaimed

review Winter Dreams

Gagement It was during those three days that for the first time he had asked her to marry him She sai. Fitzgerald is best remembered for his spoiled and conflicted Jazz Age characters including Dexter Green from Winter Dreams who bears a distinct resemblance to Jay Gatsby the protagonist of The Great Gatsby Both are self made men who are eager to rise beyond their station in life and both find that personal fulfillment and their ideal women are ultimately elusive Winter Dreams first appeared in Metropolitan Magazine in 1922 and later in the collection All the Sad Young Men 1926 The similarities between Winter Dreams and The Great Gatsby are not accidental as Fitzgerald wrote the story while he was developing the ideas that would become the novel Winter Dreams has a distinct autobiographical bent and the story traces Fitzgerald s experiences growing up in a middle class family in the upper Midwest Black Bear Lake where the glitterati spend their summers in the story is only a partial disguise of White Bear Lake an exclusive resort area where Saint Paul s elite would summer It was a place that Fitzgerald knew well It is also arguable that Dexter Green bears a resemblance to Fitzgerald himself a restless and talented young man desperate to advance himself in a singular pursuit of successThe winter dreams of the story refer to the American Dream that Dexter comes to embody but success brings a high cost and social mobility restricts Dexter s capacity for happiness Dexter is from humble origins his mother was an immigrant who constantly struggled with the language of her adopted homeland The central irony of the story is that realizing the American Dream yields bleak rewards For example when Dexter was a young caddy he dreamed about success and wealth and the happiness they would bring When he finally beats T A Hedrick in a golf tournament however the triumph brings him little joy Dexter is able to transcend middle class inertia but despite his tireless efforts to advance his fortunes forced to accept that money cannot buy happinessDexter has an ambiguous relationship with the bluebloods and idle rich who populate his social world On one hand he is proud of his self made status and has no respect for the men for whom luxury and wealth were a given Still the men are emblems of a world to which Dexter wants to belong In pursuing Judy he is attempting to validate his claim as a bonafide member of the upper class Dexter feels that he is a newer stronger and praiseworthy version of the Mortimer Joneses of the world but he still mimics the rich in gesture and appearance He pays meticulous attention to his appearance concerned with small details that only an outsider who was trying to disguise himself as a man of wealth would really notice Dexter s position in this world is precarious and there is no room for error in appearance or etiuette Through Dexter and the world of earned distinctions that he comes to represent Fitzgerald exposes the hollowness that comes from the aggressive pursuit of the American Dream Wealth and social status substitute for strong connections to people eclipsing the possibility of happiness of emotional fulfillmentReality and fantasy prove to be constantly at odds with each other as Dexter and Judy search for stability and meaning in Winter Dreams Dexter is the victim of his so called winter dreams adolescent fantasies that he is never able to fulfill As he searches for happiness and love he unwisely focuses his uest exclusively on Judy Jones making her the sole object of his romantic projections However rather than provide fulfillment for Dexter Judy and her displays of affection simply trigger yearning Dexter never sees Judy for who she really is rather he sees her as an ideal of womanhood and the embodiment of perfect love Later Judy reveals her self serving nature when she confesses that she is breaking off relations with a man who has pursued her simply because he is not of adeuate financial means Dexter still blinded by his idealistic view of Judy cannot digest this information because it suggests the reality of who Judy isAlthough Dexter recognizes the real threat of harm beneath Judy s charm and beauty and tries to convince himself that he is no longer in love with her he cannot fully divorce himself from the romantic uncontrollable attachment he has to her Ultimately Dexter becomes the victim not of Judy s fickle behavior but of his own stubborn ideals Time and again Dexter and Judy struggle with contradictions between reality and fantasy On their first date Dexter is disappointed that Judy appears in an average dress and instead of the pomp and ritual he expected blandly tells the maid that they are ready to eat In their ambiguous and protracted courtship Judy treats him with interest encouragement malice indifference and contempt The reality of this relationship is bleak but the idealistic vision of what it could be enables it to limp alongFitzgerald uses similes throughout Winter Dreams most notably at the beginning of the story to make abstract notions such as the frustrations of love and drive to succeed concrete The similes also suggest the gulf that separates reality from the illusions the characters are subject to In the first sentence of the story we learn that unlike Dexter some of the caddies at the country club are poor as sin As winter settles on Minnesota snow covers the golf course like the white lid of a box and the wind blows cold as misery These similes grimly preoccupied with gloomy notions of misery and poverty set the tone for the unhappy tale that Fitzgerald is about to conveySimiles help clarify the abstract idea of Dexter s winter dreams His visions of grandeur involve vague half formed hopes for success and wealth and the satisfaction he assumes will accompany them Dexter is able to translate his dreams into reality He becomes the self professed richest young man in his part of the country and gets to face off in a round of golf with Mr Hedrick whom he easily beats However he is still dogged by the abstract his struggle to find love and accept the responsibility of belonging to someone else During his first fateful meeting with the adult Judy his heart turned over like the fly wheel on the boat Fitzgerald s use of simile helps provide a link between abstract and actual realms reality and illusion and love and its inevitable disappointmentsIn the elite world of the Sherry Island Golf Club the boat emerges not only as a symbol of luxury but also as a powerful reminder of the emptiness a life of indulgence can lead to The boat makes a memorable entrance with Judy at the helm as Dexter enjoys a solitary moment on the raft anchored in the middle of the lake next to the country club Lost in a reverie Dexter is filled with the bliss of arrival having finally reached the success he had long anticipated Entertaining only the most auspicious of prospects when he looks to the future Dexter feels at that moment a satisfaction that he may never again experience as intensely Abruptly interrupting Dexter s musings the whirr of the motor overpowers Dexter s thoughts about the rosy life ahead Judy speeds across the lake in the boat foreshadowing the profound ways that Dexter s ensuing passion for Judy will impact his future happinessFor Judy flying behind the boat on a surfboard the boat is an escape from reality Her admirers learn uickly that she is too fast to catch and lives solely for her own pleasure Dexter obeys when she tells him to drive the boat for her the first of an ensuing string of commands he will obey As an object of affluence it shows how truly divorced from reality Judy is She tells Dexter that she is running from a man she had been dating who has begun to idealize her The boat is her way of escaping the ways in which men try to make her fit their own dreams and reflect their idealized visions of the perfect woman Judy hides in the boat again later when she grows tired of the man from New York who is rud to be her fianc The boat becomes Judy s haven from the oppressive affections of men who are captivated by her an expensive toy that whisks her away from commitment or the need to accept responsibility for her actionsGolf balls part of the pristine world of the country club suggest the harm that an idle life can lead to as well as the stringent reuirements one must meet to belong to the upper class Dexter with his self made wealth tries desperately to blend in with this affluent world The imagery of the golf balls emerges twice both times reflecting the upper class ease that the game itself embodies First before the spring thaw in the north country golfers use black and red balls which stand out better in the patches of snow that linger on the course This reference comes early in the story when Dexter is a young caddy excluded from Judy Jones and her set because he is a middle class boy of limited means When Dexter finally gets a toehold in her world he sacrifices his individuality for the identical white balls he uses at the club where he once caddiedDuring Dexter s once anticipated but ultimately disappointing golf outing with T A Hedrick golf balls in the hands of Judy Jones become an emblem of aggression Judy s ball hits Mr Hedrick in the stomach and her obliviousness whether feigned or genuine serves only to further characterize her as a self centered brat Although there is little threat of real physical violence in this genteel upper class world the incident suggests that aggression lurks just beneath the surface Although Judy embodies the light almost hedonist spirit that would eventually characterize the age Fitzgerald reminds us in this episode that beneath the fun and leisure real harm can be done Judy s errant ball foreshadows the potent emotional damage she imparts in trifling with Dexter s and her other admirers affectionsThe book were smartly given us messages about The Dark Side of the American Dream and Reality versus Idealism D


10 thoughts on “Winter Dreams

  1. says:

    A realistic story depicting the desire and deficiency of youthIt shows how such deficiencies are knit up with pass

  2. says:

    In terms of the actual prose Fitzgerald is possibly my favorite writer He doesn't limit his writing to choosing the right words even his commas and dashes are perfectly on point It was during those three days that for the first time he had asked her to marry him She said maybe some day she said kiss me she said I'd like to marry you she said I love you — she said — nothingHe always expresses so much with

  3. says:

    I'm starting to get the impression that Scott Fitzgerald was a better short story writer than he was a novelist Winter Dreams coming in at under fifty pages left of a mark on me than some of his most famous novels First appearing in the Metropolitan Magazine all the way back in 1922 it is considered one of his finest During a cold winter Dext

  4. says:

    Fitzgerald is best remembered for his spoiled and conflicted Jazz Age characters including Dexter Green from “Winter Dreams” who bears a distinct resemblance to Jay Gatsby the protagonist of The Great Gatsby Both are self made men who are eager to rise beyond their station in life and both find that personal fulfillment and their ideal women are ultimately elusive “Winter Dreams” first appeared in Metro

  5. says:

    35 stars for this mandatory novellaI had to read this novella written by F Scott Fitzgerald for a course Let me

  6. says:

    I don't know how to put into words how this made me feel so I'll leave you with my favourite passages “Then he saw she communicated her excitement to him lavishly deeply with kisses that were not a promise but a fulfillment They aroused in him not hunger demanding renewal but surfeit that would demand surfei

  7. says:

    Read this book in a reuired American Lit class with a shitty teacher God I hated that class But this short story woke me up Anyone who has been through a passionate relationship and maybe actual love on your end rather than

  8. says:

    I read somewhere once that Fitzgerald was incapable of writing a dull sentence I think that's uite true but aside from that there's always something about the themes he chooses and the way he exposes his times and his society that strikes me right where my heart is

  9. says:

    Winter Dreams by F Fitzgerald is a very popular and amazing book that portrays the life of a young man Dexter Many people will agree that this is uite a tragic book the tremendous influence women have on men Fitzgerald uses some typical examples of his life to show that some things are not uite the rush Even though the book does not really relate to the everyday lives of some people this book has a huge impact on the lives of people because

  10. says:

    The convenient moment to read a winter dreams book is in a Grey cold October's rainy evening in bed suffering from your own Love paingriefwound

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