Winter Dream and Ice Cold Cash
(An Analysis of the 1920’s “American Dream” in Fitzgerald’s Winter Dreams)
Howard Zinn once declared :“I've always resented the smug statements of politicians, media commentators, corporate executives who talked of how, in America, if you worked hard you would become rich. The meaning of that was if you were poor it was because you hadn't worked hard enough. I knew this was a lite, about my father and millions of others, men and women who worked harder than anyone, harder than financiers and politicians, harder than anybody if you accept that when you work at an unpleasant job that makes it very hard work indeed.” In Fitzgerald’s classic short story Winter Dreams, reader’s watch Dexter’s life unfold as he immerses himself in the skewed popular culture of the nineteen-twenties F. Scott Fitzgerald cleverly critiques the side effects of chasing the 1920’s idea of the American dream through his text Winter Dreams.
Economic status was highly sought after during this moment in American history. As readers can see through Dexter’s character, he spends his entire life trying to climb the ladder of success in terms of social class and wealth. Fitzgerald is notorious for writing about men of wealth, not only because it is a personal preference, but because it is socially regarded as the American dream. Modern day Americans have a much more realistic view. Nowadays, Americans are more concerned about being happy and healthy, with an economic goal of “middle class”. Fewer people are concerned with achieving excessive wealth, perhaps due to Fitzgerald's entertaining for warnings in texts such as Winter Dreams.
America's obsession with the “glittering” material aspects in life lead to a spike in depressed individuals. Both Judy Jones and Dexter exemplify this status-induced depression. Judy is described with almost a perpetual sense of gloom. If she isn't taking part in a social outing, she often cries and speaks of the bleakness of her life. It was...