Posted at 10.15.2018
F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Winter Dreams" documents the life of Dexter Green, "a young man from a humble background who strives to be a part of the exclusive world inhabitated by the ladies he adores" (Perkins 1). The work regards a period in Dexter Greens life, from the age of fourteen to 32. Fitzgerald divides the storyplot into six episodes through those eighteen years, and each tv show pertains to Dexter's romance to Judy Jones. Judy's love is what Dexter yearns for; she pushes him to his eyesight of the perfect life filled with "glittering things", riches and a high social position (Fitzgerald 423). The life Dexter needs is the American Dream in being successful, but it generally does not always suggest being happy, Fitzgerald uses the components of symbolism, and imagery throughout his brief storyline "Winter Dreams" to represent his theme.
"Winter Dreams" implies more than the essential knowledge of the title. The symbolism used in the title, offers a depth to the storyline and displays the theme of the miserable, wealthy life. Through the entire years Dexter's life changes and "the aging process is signified by the word 'winter' in the title, but 'winter' also implies a move that is more tragic than physical deterioration; by the finish of the storyline, Dexter's emotions have grown to be frozen" (Gidmark 2). Gidmark shows the double interpretation, symbolism in the word "winter" by detailing both its connotations. Not only does the term winter are a symbol of the weakening of Dexter, but it addittionally signifies how his feelings and feelings become iced up, and unchangeable because of his heart respite. The first intro of Dexter's desire is described as, "[it] happened to be concerned at first with musings on the wealthy,  he wanted not association with glittering things and glittering people-he sought the glittering things themselves" (Fitzgerald 423). The "glittering things" include money and success which Dexter yearns for. Not only will he want to affiliate with them, he also desires the achievement to be his own. Gidmark plainly analyzes Judy's role in the short tale, "[she] is the picture of love and beauty, energy and loveliness, the true love and true goal that are with him until, learning of Judy's decrease, he recognizes it as a sign of the demise of his own dreams" (2). Judy is exactly what keeps Dexter's desire occurring, and without her his aspiration involves a termination. Matching to Prigozy, Judy Jones "involves symbolize both the beauty and the mereticiousness of Dexter's dreams- is clearly disclosed as cruelly, coldly destructive" (1). Despite the fact that his dream of Judy maintains him going, she actually is also a negative influence after him because of her bitter center. Judy's image to the planet shows her as living a very delighted life with new men on her tail constantly, but inside she is alone and frightened. Dexter's youthful winter dreams became very closely related to Judy Jones and his love for her that, "the imaginative present in which she remains alive for Dexter also preserves that fresh richness" (Clinton 405). His need for her endorsement of the triumphant American lifestyle is exactly what keeps his fantasy and himself lively. Fitzgerald shows what is going on, "The wish was ended up. Something had been extracted from him" (435). Gidmark explicates Fitzgerald's quote, about when Dexter manages to lose the capability of sense and caring, he declares, "[Dexter's] 'aspiration' of Judy had kept him dynamic, passionate, and alive, and now the aspiration has been taken from him", (2). Judy and Dexter's romance ended a while back, but Dexter still latched on to his fantasy.
Imagery in the brief report, "Winter Dreams" produces mental pictures in one's mind, depicting the theme. The images are used to be able to, "[keep] alive his love for Judy Jones and the lighting of his fresh winter dreams in the only path days gone by can stay alive- by mending its images out of time and the real world in an imaginative present" (Burhans 4). In the very beginning of the story, Dexter details the Minnesota winter "[it] shut down like the white lid of any field" (Fitzgerald 421). The landscapes mirrors his unhappiness, because while he wants a fantastic future he is living in a dark cold life. The simile depicts how Dexter views his dreams, by being turn off and closed down. Fitzgerald utilizes another simile about Dexter, "when he crossed the hills the wind flow blew cold as misery" (Fitzgerald 421). The simile pulls a mental picture, and the term "misery" represents the melancholy currently in his life. Dexter grows and starts to become a successful man, suddenly, "the sun went down with a riotous swirl of yellow metal and differing blue and scarlets, and left the dried up, whistling night of Western summer season" (Fitzgerald 425). Now the dark images of the panorama have transformed into a delightful field, because Judy and Dexter's relationship commences. Fitzgerald uses "gold" in the setting up to represent Judy, and the gold in the images exists when Dexter continues to be achieving for his goal. Dexter is enlightened that Judy's perfect life is currently converted into a tragedy. She actually is married to a guy who snacks her improperly, and her beautiful elegance is fully gone. After his harsh realization of Judy's present life Dexter seems, "The grief [I] might well have borne was left out in the united states of illusion, of youngsters, of the richness of life, where [my] winter dreams possessed flourished" (Fitzgerald 436). He becomes emotionless, and his dreams quickly become the past. Shattered, he is now feeling vacant and depressed because his ideal gal is battling. Burhans expresses how Dexter is at misery when he cannot remember the beautiful landscape, "gone, too is a part of himself also deeply associated with but still alive in these images: the fragile instant when youth and his winter dreams were making his life richer and sweeter than it could ever before be again" (2). The sooner illustrations, "green and open spots of the golf-course times in Minnesota have died, substituted by the constricting, cool, grey cement and steel of any skyscraper" (Flibbert 2). The cool and grey construct a graphic of bitter and lonesomeness. He cannot revive the renewable grass and yellowish sun glowing; now the picture is substituted with a severe one. Fitzgerald clarifies Dexter's emotions, "he previously hitched Judy Jones and seen her fade before his eye" (435). He held Judy in the most special place within himself and now his perfect image of her is destructed. He cannot revitalize her beautiful face, along with his realization of her, his images have disappeared.
Throughout the brief tale, "Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the theme of the perfect American life, of money and prosperity is symbolized. The imagine this particular lifestyle does not consider one truly being happy or not. The protagonist in the story, Dexter achieves this life but ends with a tragic downfall. He begins wanting to be successful as soon as he achieves his goal, Judy Jones makes his life. She is the ongoing "dream" in his life, and when he discovers that Judy has ended up unsatisfied his dream shatters. He ends up miserable and "frozen". Fitzgerald uses literary devices, such as symbolism and imagery to prove his theme in an intellectual way, with depth.