Essay: Analysis of Winter Dreams
At first, Dexter is working at the golf club fields and he is always watching the golf club members play and win, his only dream is that of becoming a champion and beat all of them. This is only a dream of status and self-esteem but after he meets Judy who makes him feel inferior by asking him to help her carry her clubs. The caddy master frees him and he now becomes Judy’s caddy and leaves his job for good. He is now determined to go for material success by attaining wealth and be like Judy.
Dexter’s company is now to be with the wealthy and he wants to marry Judy. On the other hand, Judy does not love her but wants to be with the wealthiest man in the town. She even asks him of his financial status and is very happy to learn that he is not doing badly. He continues to flatter him as he goes out with other men and at last, he gets married to Dexter’s friend shuttering his dream. After she comes from seeing a man, they engage in a conversation, “When she assured him that she had not kissed the other man, he knew she was lying — yet he was glad that she had taken the trouble to lie to him” (15). He feels that he cannot achieve his dream without Judy and thus cannot accept the fact that she was not made for him. Dexter now realizes that he cannot achieve his dream and “Often he reached out for the best without knowing why he did it—and sometimes he ran up against the mysterious denials and prohibitions in which life indulges” (25). The only reason why Dexter becomes wealthy is just to be able to win Judy but not to live a luxurious life.