- Describe the setting and its significance.
In the beginning of “Winter Dreams” Dexter lives in Back Bear, Minnesota as a teenager. Seven years after Dexter had went to college, which is an older and more famous university in the East. Then later on in life he had move onto New York. It then takes place at the Sherry Island Golf Club. It’s there that the young Dexter first sees even younger Judy Jones; it’s there that Dexter falls for Judy Jones a second time as an adult; it’s there that Dexter sees the lifestyles of the rich and the famous. Which he wants to have for himself.
- Describe Judy Jones at the age of eleven. How do you feel about her treatment of the nurse?
Judy Jones’ at the age of eleven she was a very spoiled and egocentric child. Her treatment to her nurse was very rude and just not a right thing to do.
- Why do you think Dexter quit?
The reason Dexter quits his job as a caddy is because of Judy. While he does work at the golf course, he is proud of moving up to being the most sought after caddy of the place; he is not there to be able to make a living.
- Discuss the significance of this line: “… Dexter was unconsciously dictated to by his winter dreams.” Are you dictated to by your “winter dreams”?
Winter dreams is the title of the story and it have a huge impact on Dexter. In the situation of the line, Dexter was working as a caddy. He later then decided to quit his job because of Judy. Judy is a very influential person to change Dexter’s emotion. So I think that his winter dream is Dexter’s perturbation by Judy. He really does love Judy; he was unconsciously dictated by her. Winter dream is very influential to people who love someone else.
- What is the significance of the title? Why do you think Fitzgerald used “winter” and not “spring” or “fall” in the title? In what ways do the seasons affect Dexter’s outlook on life?
The significance of the title which is “Winter Dreams”. Dexter is the victim of winter dreams, adolescent fantasies that he is never able to fill. As he searches for happiness and love, he unwisely focuses his quest exclusively on Judy Jones, making her the sole object of his romantic projections.
- Describe the adult Judy Jones. What kind of person is she? Do you know anyone like her?
Judy is a foil character in the narrative as her wealthy upbringing contrasts Dexter’s more humble beginnings. Throughout the story, Judy is casually cruel to Dexter as she plays with hearts and emotions. In the end, her life falls short of the life that Dexter and others expected for her. She was beautiful, tan, stuck up
- How did Dexter justify Judy’s lying to him?
Dexter doesn’t mind that Judy lied to him because he was glad that she took the trouble for her to lie to him.
- What does Dexter “surrendering” part of himself (beginning of part IV) mean?
Dexter and Judy seem to be possessed by lust rather than love. Though Dexter thinks he is surrendering himself to her (315), it seems more likely that he is surrendering to feelings of lust within himself. Though it does not have as much attention devoted to it as the other seasons, summer appears to serve as the amorous season. The brief relationship between Dexter and Judy is an important part of the story. The affair is greatly enhanced by the mood setting it in summer creates with very little time needed to establish that effect.
- What does “direction” signify in the line at the end of part II, “…for the second time, her casual whim gave a new direction to his life.”