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The significance of Reduction in Scott Fitzgerald's Winter Dreams At the conventional Romance narrative, there's some desired thing whose consummation is the driving preoccupation of the text's protagonist. The aspiration of the Romantic hero is to capture that elusive thing that can, however, continuously out-strip him. These heroes are intimately acquainted with the pain of this loss and suffer profoundly for feeling so acutely. However, reduction itself, is crucial to the equation and is, in fact, a large part of what determines the thing as desirable. From the texts of traditional Romanticism the person has preeminence, and his or her subjective psychological experience with the loss in question is the major concern. The realization that Romantic subject's drama plays itself out from the backdrop of a system where the value of a thing is directly proportionate to its scarcity, is the very first step beyond traditional Romanticism. Realist texts are conscious of the shaping influence that the socio-political has about someone's ideology - They're consciousness of the effect of Capitalism. The industrialization of that age (late 19th, early 20th century), and the subsequent commodification of what, creates the tragedy of self. The fundamental questions which arises in these contexts concerns the degree to which the individual can be viewed as individual, capable of creative ambitions outside the economic determinism of his or her society. The fundamental issue to Realist authors is: Are we coping with the loss of actualized selves or just cogs, and if the latter is the situation, what have we lost? With this question still relatively unanswered, Scott Fitzgerald's "Wi...