Alicia's English Project

Winter's Dreams Themes

Reality Vs. Idealism

Humans believe only what they want. We have a "blind faith," according to Tim Jackson. In both "Winter Dreams," by F.Scott Fitzgerald and "An Economic Reality Check," a speech by Tim Jackson, there is a struggle between what is real and what the individual wants to believe as real. Each story requires us to ask the question, What is real?

Reality vs. Idealism- Winter Dreams

According to, Dexter, the main character in "Winter Dreams," believes over and over again that a future dream will begin to bring him happiness, however, each time he obtains his dream, he realizes the opposite to be true.