Dexter’s middle-class background is no coincidence. The narrator first introduces Dexter Green as a fourteen-year old caddy at the Sherry Island Golf Club, and the son of a successful grocer in Black Bear, Minnesota. Some caddies at the golf club are “poor as sin,” working hard to support their destitute lives, whereas ... ... middle of paper ... ...onsequently results from the relentless quest of the so desired American Dream. In the end, wealth and status take the place of genuine and authentic connections with people, diminishing the likelihood of true pleasure and self-fulfillment. As a result, Dexter is forced to accept that money does not buy happiness, regardless of his vigorous efforts and hard work in obtaining such success.
When I practiced it was alone or with my dad and neither one of us ever brought up my imperfections unless it was in a golf shot. I didn’t feel fat I wasn’t slow or clumsy, I could compete, and win. In tournaments I’m sure that kids thought something about my appearance and being kids would have loved to taunt. But its extremely hard to tease the guy holding the trophy. Winning golf tournaments to me was and is one of the most exhilarating feelings I have ever experienced.
Gatsby is longing for Daisy’s love. Another way Fitzgerald uses green is to describe Gatsby’s future wealth; his hope for a new life or new beginning. “It was James Gatz who had been loafing along the beach that afternoon in a torn green jersey…” (104). Before Gatsby became wealthy he was poor. His parents were hardworking, but they were “unsuccessful farm people” (104).
Of the stories on the syllabus the one that I most closely related to was “The Big Two-Hearted River” by Earnest Hemmingway. During my first reading of this story it was the setting and the action of the main character Nick Adams that I connected with. Reading the opening sentences, grand visions of my childhood danced through my head. The story took me back to happy times of summers spent alone with my grandfather in the mountains of West Virginia. Like Nick, the camping and fishing trips were a welcomed relief from the city life and school for me.
(396).” To be abroad means going to or being in a foreign place. George was tired of feeling as a stranger and being tied down to a place wher... ... middle of paper ... ...ow. George Herbert successfully redeems this fact with his writing. Even if he wants to do something else and will “freely” be allowed to follow this path, he knows there is authority over him that put his life in order of how it should be. George Herbert, a seventeenth century poet, wrote “The Collar” as a complaint, a rebellious act, but knows that he is powerless under higher authority and can only submit to their will.
Works Cited Perkins George, Barbara. The American Tradition in Literature, 12th ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2009. Print “Common Sense.” The American Tradition in Literature, 12th ed. New York: McGraw Hill , 2009.
The American Dream: the traditional social ideals of the US, such as equality, democracy, and material prosperity. Dexter represents this very well in the story Winter Dreams because it shows how he starts from the bottom and eventually works his way to the top. This is kind of an inspiring story because it starts off by having him be the best and most successful golf caddy that this golf course has ever had. All of the people that had him as a caddy were against him going other places and doing something with his life. Dexter made his own decisions and went where he wanted to go and he wanted more out of his like than being a golf caddy his whole life.
They might not have all made it out alive, but they all learned something from it and became stronger through the experience. Where peace and war collide are some of the most momentous events in their lives that they remember forever. The summer before Phineas breaks his leg is a significant time when the students at Devon first experience peace and war. Other times are during the Winter Carnival and the moments prior to Phineas’ death. The Summer Session at Devon was a time when everyone was careless and content, enjoying the rays of light and time to relax in the peacefulness.