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Parkinson 1 Jordan Parkinson Brother Dayley ENG 314 05 December 2017 Dreaming Winter Dreams F. Scott Fitzgerald has long been heralded as one of the greatest writers of all time. His works standardly reflect the Jazz Age in American history and portray characters of intense complexity. He often works with broad themes to illustrate a smaller observation of a character’s sensitivities, that in turn usually moves the narrative forward towards a seemingly inevitable end. His short story “Winter Dreams” is certainly no exception when it comes to these claims. The Story in Scholarship Several others have looked at Fitzgerald’s works, and “Winter Dreams” in particular, and have noted the classic elements in the story. Some comment on the different tones and styles used throughout the narrative, taking a more author-based approach to the work. Others focus on specific societal readings of the text. Many of them, however, share the knowledge that Dexter is “unconsciously dictated to by his winter dreams” (Fitzgerald 102). Whatever approach is taken to the work itself, many can agree that Dexter’s life is often dictated by his dreams – or things he cannot control. Many of these writers who have analyzed “Winter Dreams” tend to take the position that Dexter sees Judy as more of an object to satisfy his dreams than that Judy is the dream itself. Mohammad Mehdi Kimiagari brings up this point in his reading of the text when he explains, “Falsity of his relationship is covered with the physical loveliness of Judy and all [Dexter] cares
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Parkinson 2 about is the commodity that he has claimed. The commodity which satisfies the winter dreams of Dexter is precisely this emotionally-charged relationship with Judy” (Kimiagari 206). He is speaking of the times when Dexter and Judy’s relationship is less than ideal, but how Dexter always finds something good or charming in it. Kimiagari seems to believe that this is due to the fact that Judy is more of a “commodity” to be gained than that she is the actual gain. And although this makes a valid point on the power of Dexter’s dreams themselves, it says nothing for the love Dexter’s believes himself to hold for Judy. In a feminist reading of the narrative by Lihua Zhang and Liying Cui, we are given the brief introduction, “Dream as the major storyline goes through to the end. [Fitzgerald’s] short story, Winter Dreams , with Dexter Green, the male protagonist as an omniscient narrator, tells about his dream about a woman, Judy Jones” (Cui and Zhang 514). Dexter’s entire life, his pursuit of “glittering things” (Fitzgerald 102) and all that comes with them, is really a pursuit of Judy Jones herself. She is the epitome of all Dexter wants and needs.
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