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Looking at a compare and contrast scenario of the two charactersDexter Green in Fitzgeralds Winter Dreams to Neddy Merrill inCheevers The Swimmer they have many similarities and differencesamong their ambitions backgrounds and over all status in the worldBoth of the characters take the role of the protagonist of the storiesEach of the men experienced a mid-life crisis that is inevitably to beblamed upon their own ignorance Both Dexter Green and Neddy Merrillappear to be self centered and are living in their own fantasy worldswhere they see and believe what they want to be true It is sustainingthem from seeing what is going on in reality Each of the characterstake things for granted in their lives although different things Neddythought things would remain the same in his perfect life as he done ashe pleased he perceived all the great things in his life would alwaysbe there even when he began to ignore his friends family and hismistress Dexter on the other hand didnt take the opportunities when hehad the chance and was unhappy he believed Judy would always be hisideal dream girl which ends up crushing his dreams Dexters primary goal in life is to accumulate lots of money and toraise his social status to the upper class He grew up as a boy workingas a caddy at Sherry Island Golf Club However he hopes to one day be amember of the prestigious golf club Dexter grew up well off as a boy ofthe middle-class His father was a very successful grocer of the townhe supported and kept his family comfortable Shmoop editorial teamDexter appears to be more ambitious as he sets high standards forhimself His wealthy peers and Judy Jones influence him to desire moneyand success He persuades his self to believe that if he gains extremewealth and moves up in the social strata than he would be able to reachhis unattainable goal which was to win over the girl of his dreams JudyJones Basically
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