Analysis Of F. Scott Fitzgerald 's ' Winter Dreams ' Essay

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In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s idea of the American Dream was iconic. The lust for money and the endless pursuit of all things beautiful was a mentality that is now recognized as shaping the actions of many, including Fitzgerald. As he and his wife, Zelda, struggled with alcoholism, their lives quickly declined into depression and anxiety, yet they were under the impression of living a happy life. As literary executor John Callahan said, “In its American guise, the dream
Fitzgerald sought to realize flowed from that most elusive and original of the rights proclaimed by the Declaration of Independence” (Callahan 379). The pursuit of happiness, its unalienable right, influenced the culture and Fitzgeralds. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work, “Winter Dreams,” the message of the illusive American Dream is evident as dark, hollow, and producing little to no emotional fulfillment. Americans fell in love with Fitzgerald because they saw him as an icon, a snapshot of their bright jazz age. Yet between Fitzgerald’s letters to Zelda, and her eventual admittance to a mental hospital, it seems the logic behind the glittering standard was faulty. Life, in the Fitzgeralds’ eyes, was both beautiful and tragic. “Winter Dreams” details the dichotomy between beauty and happiness as it directly ties them together and shows how neither of them result in emotional fulfillment. Instead, “Winter Dreams” revolves around depression, indifference towards living, and alcoholism. Following…

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