Connections between Dexter's Dream "Winter Dreams" and the American Dream, and F. Scott Fitzgerald's life. Includes outline & works sited.

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Thesis: Although Dexter's dream can be paralleled to that of the American Dream Fitzgerald presents this idea of idealism in a negative sense saying that in reality the dream can never truly be achieved.


A.American Dream Definition, American Dream Achievement, &Author's Life Connections

B. Thesis

II.Origin of Dream


1.Caddy at golf club

2.Meeting of Miss. Jones


1.Army Camp

2.Denied Proposal

III.Growth of Dream


1. Fame and Fortune



1.Fame and Fortune


IV.Loss of Dream


1.Judy's Abusive Husband

2.Judy's Time-Consuming Children

3.Judy's Lost Beauty


1.Drinking Problems

2.Domestic Fights

3.Psychiatric Treatment


A.Author's Life Connections

B.Restate Thesis

The Parallels Between Dexter's Dream and the Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Although Dexter's dream parallels to that of the American Dream, Fitzgerald presents this idea of idealism in a negative sense, saying that in reality achieving this dream is impossible.

The American Dream can be defined simply as the American ideal of living a happy and successful life. However each person has their own idealistic perception of this dream. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Winter Dreams" obtaining Judy Jones allows for Dexter Green to achieve his dream. Fitzgerald portrays this situation so often because of not only the time period and setting of the story, but also that of the author's own life and personal experiences.

The Origin of Dexter's dream traces back as far as his childhood. It all started when Dexter, age 14, who worked as a caddy at the Sherry Island Golf Club met the object of his affection, young Miss. Judy Jones. This dream began on the day that young Dexter quit his caddy job and "The little girl who had done this was eleven-beautifully ugly as little girl...