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?F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Winter Dreams” is a short story about a boy named Dexter. He is a middle-class citizen and works as a golf caddy for the wealthy.  One day at work Dexter meets a woman, Judy Jones.  Judy is a very wealthy lady who appears to be living the “American Dream”.  Upon meeting Judy, Dexter impulsively makes the decision that he no longer wants to be a caddy.  He wants to quit his job working for the wealthy people in pursuit of achieving the American dream of being wealthy.  When the wealthy golf players find out about Dexter wanting to quit his job they try to stop him.  They tell Dexter that he is too good of a caddy to quit his job for a dream.  Dexter decides to start his own laundry business while working towards his “winter dream”.  Even though it is not the most spectacular job, it brings Dexter wealth.  After attaining wealthy, Dexter runs into Judy while they are rafting on the lake.  They begin talking and Judy invites Dexter to dinner.  Dexter gladly accepts Judy’s dinner invitation.  Once they arrive at dinner, Judy explains that she is extremely upset because the man she is in love with is not as wealthy as she is.  After talking about this, Judy kisses Dexter.  Dexter begins thinking about how he has been wishing for this moment to happen since he was a very young boy.  He saw Judy playing golf and had been wanting this to happen forever. After the kiss, Dexter realizes that he has fallen in love with Judy, but he is not happy.  He has been consumed with the thought of this moment finally happening.  He thought that once he and Judy fell in love he would be truly happy and not need to be wealthy. He always believed that once they fell in love they would be happy because they had each other.  This shows us that a major theme in the story could be that the “American Dream” may not necessarily make you happy.  Even though you work hard to attain your “American Dream” does not mean that you are guaranteed a happy life.  It also shows us that there are many different versions of what the American Dream is.  It is individualized and based on what people feel is important in their lives.  One person’s American Dream may be having enough wealth to provide necessities for their family.  Another person may have the dream of having enough wealth to travel to different countries in first class style.  There is not a universal description of the American Dream.  There is the popular belief that once the American Dream is attained you will be extremely happy in life.  Many people associate being wealthy with being happy.  Unfortunately, many people also discover a life time of working hard to attain their desired wealth does not guarantee happiness.  There is a balance between working hard to live comfortably and enjoy life with minimal restrictions on your finances.  Many people are willing to give up enjoying life and hoard money so that they can find happiness in chasing their American Dream. Unfortunately, some of these people find too late that they have not enjoyed living and have wealth but no happiness.


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