Essay about Winter Dreams By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Short Story Summary: Winter Dreams Youth, innocence and the loss of both; Harmful relationships. Both are major themes in the short story, Winter Dreams, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of the true American literary geniuses of the early 1900’s. Fitzgerald’s short story takes place in Minnesota and follows the life of Dexter Green, a boy from the middle class who aspires to be wealthy, and his “Winter Dreams”: A life with the beautiful, yet deceptive and toxic, Judy Jones.
Throughout Winter Dreams, youth, innocence, and the loss of both, are two of the main themes, with both being inter-twined. Throughout the story, Dexter is unwilling to let go of his “Winter Dreams”, his yearning to be with Judy Jones. Dexter’s wanting to be with and love of Ms. Jones is used by Fitzgerald uses the idea of “Winter Dreams” as a symbol to represent both, his innocence, and his youth, and the eventual loss of both, which he desperately tries to protect. Dexter gives up everything to retain his youth and innocence, as he abandons his fiancé, Irene Scheerer, to re-kindle a lost relationship with Judy Jones, which would only last one month. In the end, not only does his decision hurt Irene and her family, but himself as well, as it is stated “he subjected himself to a deeper agony in the end” (Fitzgerald, 21). Later, it is stated that he had moved past the sadness, and that he would forever love her, believing that he was of the few who were strong enough to bear the pain caused by Judy Jones,…

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