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Dreams prove as a powerful motivating force propelling an individual forward into real achievements in life Conversely dreams can transpire as blatantly artificial F Scott Fitzgeralds Winter Dreams depicts the story of Dexter Green a young man who dreams of achievements and works hard in a real non-illusionary world to win them His work in this plain unromantic world brings him ever closer to the dream world he so desperately wants while at the same time the dreams show themselves as decaying or empty Unfortunately this does not cure him of dreaming and does not push him to abandon his dreams in favor of a healthier attitude When Dexter embodies all of his dreams in the beautiful Judy Jones her fickle attitude and the inevitability of her aging destroys Dexters dream world and dries up the source of his achievements The author using paradoxes shows Judy Jones differently through Dexters eyes and reinforces the theme of illusion versus reality F Scott Fitzgerald uses paradoxes frequently in Winter Dreams thus endowing characters such as Judy Jones with a deeper meaning When Fitzgerald introduces Judy Jones a young obnoxious girl he describes her appearance as pretty yet two-folded Beautifully ugly as little girls are apt to be who are destined after a few years to be inexpressibly lovely and bring no end to misery to a great number of men Fitzgerald F Scott Winter Dreams as quoted in Elements of Literature Fifth Course Kathleen Daniel Austin Holt Reinhart and Winston 1997 p 589 Furthermore Fitzgerald portrays Judy Jones expression proficiently The smile again radiant blatantly artificial-convincing 589 Yet again the author vividly shows Judy Joness convoluted smile She favored him with an absurd smirk-rather what tried to be a smirk for twist her mouth as she might it was not grotesque it was merely beautiful 592 Fourth Miss Jones tempts Dexter by placing a lavish kiss on him kisses that were like charity creating want by
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