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Unformatted text preview: Search ..II a? 12:33 AM @ 4 >B 26% Eli getting very drunk. He knew that he was laughing loudly at something Devlin had said, but he did not know what it was or why it was funny” (“Winter Dreams”). Dexter felt delirious in this moment and thought that the alcoholic was the problem but he was very affected by the information regarding Judy’s unappealing appearance. After hearing the news, the narrator tells is that Dexter’s “dream was gone. Something had been taken from him” (“Winter Dreams”). The word “something” symbolizes hope because, in this moment, hope was being taken away since his dream of being with beautiful Judy was over. This insistent insures us that Dexter’s dream is over and that he came to the realization that Judy does not need to be in his life to make him the person he is destined to be. Both men, Gatsby and Dexter, felt that they needed their significant other in their live because they were their hope. As the stories play on, the overall meaning of both stories play through. The American dream of wealth, fortune, fame and just living in the greatest country got to both of the men’s heads, which lead to their isolation of reality. They both saw something very beautiful in the women that they desired and used their desire to help them build courage to become successfiil and wealthy so that they would fit their standards. During “Winter Dreams”, Judy confronts Dexter and tells him that there was a man that she “cared about, and this afternoon he told me out of a clear sky that he was poor as a church-mouse. He'd never even hinted it before. Does this sound horribly mundane?" Since both men lived their life in reverse gender roles, because at the time because usually women are the ones who stare at men, some situations were handled differently than the normal ones back then. Judy assured Dexter that she wasn’t kissing anyone, at one point in the story, and then she said that “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” (“Winter Dreams”). This is iconic because when someone lies to someone else the person that is being lied to is in no way happy about it, usually. Dexter, in this case, appreciated the lie because it showed that she noticed him and took time out of her day to do so. As the story progresses, Dexter’s view on Judy changes due to her lack of beauty and current life situation, because she is married with children. Gatsby always have a love for love but he never really had the chance to full fill it. Ironically in both The Great Gatsby and “Winter Dreams”, both women, Daisy and Judy are in unjust marriages. Judy’s husband is a drunk and doesn’t take care of the things that need to be cared for. Daisy’s relationship with Tom is all for money and he doesn’t treat her like a human being. She is more of a piece of property that he can show out to others. With this in mind, the underdogs, or the protagonists, end up being the most successful with their businesses and lavish lives. When on the other hand, the women ended up being stuck in terrible relationships due to who they are as a person. Gatsby and Dexter, strived to be the dream man for their significant other and that only left them with their desired women. The American dream is something that you can hope and dream to accomplish but it will never happen. It changed Dexter and Gatsby’s lives as they knew it, to a one that seemed unreal, because they weren’t themselves. Even though the two men were living their life for someone else, they still cared about how they were going to reach that position. It took courage, faith and a lot of hope for both of them to do what they did. In the end they did learn that living a “fake” life is not a fun one because it causes you to consistently live your life, like it is your’s. By living a dream life you are living a fake one that doesn’t fully make sense. Being yourself is the key to happiness and exception. The American dream destroyed both of their hopes to ever regain their true selves because they became consumed in the dream. ...
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  • Spring '16
  • Spillane
  • Meaning of life, Dexter

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