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Winter Dreams: Short Story - Book Review

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by Juran Hakim (subscribe)
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Published June 18th 2014
Winter Dreams by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Fitzgerald's optimum and most articulate statements on the disparaging nature of the American dream in all its fallible glory. The style and setting of the narrative can be camera like. They can be mythic and dream-like. They can establish the parameters of the fictitious world. The title of Fitzgerald's text Winter Dreams is very fitting since the dreams of money and wealth in American society can be cold and indeed just a dream.

A character portraying confidence, youth and indeed hope or chance becomes caught up in the pursuit of wealth and status. The epitome for him of intensity and passion for the life comes in the form of a female, through her the character (Dexter) hopes to experience all the profit that he believes his lifestyle with her can afford him. The story ends with his beautiful vision crumbling and the admittance of the illusory nature of his winter dreams.

As Fitzgerald traces her character actions and movements toward this goal, he becomes an example of his generation lost in their wild dreams of unlimited opportunity.

Fitzgerald employs a third person omniscient narrator in 'Winter Dreams but with an innovative twist. The author portrays and shines light on the American dream in a stark reality that more often than not, people will not always be the sculptor of their destiny and some things may not come to pass.
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