Essay: Setting “Winter Dreams” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Winter Dreams is a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald that was first published in 1922 in Metropolitan Magazine. The main theme in this story is the destruction of the American dream. The conflict arises in the main character, Dexter Green, as he finds himself in a contradicting situation of following status and wealth. His desire to live a life of passionate American elite arises when he meets a vibrant and beautiful young woman, Judy Jones. It is in Judy that he sees a picture of an impressive world full of promises and excitements. Dexter now believes that through Judy, he will be able to experience all the beliefs and benefits this American lifestyle can afford. As he starts his relationship with Judy, he feels overjoyed since he has fine tuned senses because of the rarefied world he has met.
Dexter is now overwhelmed because of the new life he hopes to live although he as well feels that he may never enjoy the happiness he hopes for. He even says, “I’m nobody,” he announced. “My career is largely a matter of futures” (13) He is not able to see that the surface of Judy’ world is hollow since it is the basis of the world she is living in. He comes to realize it when it is too late as he watches admirable vision fall apart and thus he is forced to believe that his winter dreams were just illusions and were never to be fulfilled.