Twentieth Century Tarts
It is inherent - people want what they cannot have, to the point of self-destruction. Brett Ashley wants a man that would never be able to satisfy her. Jake Barnes wants a woman he could never make happy. Dexter Green wants to conquer the unconquerable woman. Judy Jones wants the undivided attention of every eligible man on the east coast. What is it about these people that make them crave the unattainable? What is it about Dexter and Jake that leave them at the mercy of women who could not be "won in the kinetic sense" (Fitzgerald)?
There are many similarities between the women and men in Fitzgerald's "Winter Dreams" and Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. Both Judy and Brett are very loud and forward; they are certain to make their presence known in a crowd and neither has a problem with overtly pursuing their targets. They never seem to run out of energy when it comes to social functions, and their extravagant social lives tend to intrigue men.
Other assets that make Judy and Brett seductive are their good looks as well as their high class standing. Also, both of the women are
codependent and tend to assuage their needs for constant companionship by being promiscuous. This codependency sends them both on conquests for things, mainly
men, that they cannot have and probably do not want. This perpetual want for things that they cannot have results in self-medication and self-destruction.
Brett and Judy do have several defining differences between them. Brett is much older and more mature than Judy, and this shows in that she is more compassionate toward her beaux and more conscious of their feelings. She also tends to have more of a social conscience; she is sentient to the fact that people are...