"Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald Characterization is defined as a method used by an author to reveal a character's appearance or personality. The characterization of one or more characters can be a very important aspect in a story. I t may help develop the plot of the story, or it even may help set the mood of the story. In "Winter Dreams", Fitzgerald elaborately characterizes Judy Jones through her actions and through the thoughts of Dexter Green. It all started when a little girl, by the name of Judy Jones, stepped onto the golf course. She walked out with a very confident air about her.
She had come from a wealthy family and was thought highly of. When she walked onto the course, she requested a teacher or a caddy from Dexter. He wasn't able to get her one right away, so she began hitting her nurse with a club. This anger clearly showed that she was used to getting her way.
As she was playing golf she hit her ball through a group of men who also had a game going. Instead of politely excusing herself, she just busted through their game It didn't matter to her that they were their too, all that mattered was herself. Aside of her rudeness, the men found Judy to be just ravishing. She was probably one of the most beautiful women to them, especially to Dexter. She was like a diamond in his eye. One day, as she was on her boat, Judy asks Dexter if he would drive it for her.
He of course said yes. At the end of the boat ride, Judy invited Dexter to dinner. After dinner, Dexter decided that "he had wanted Judy Jones ever since he was a proud, desirous little boy". As time went by, we began to see the Judy was a heartbreaker.
She would go out with one guy, and then dump him just to go out with someone the next week. Judy met back up with Dexter years later at a party. Dexter by this time was already with a new lady, Irene S cheerer. Judy knew good and well about Irene, but she went ahead and convinced Dexter to dance with her and then sleep with her. She told him that she "liked the way he loved her". Judy later decided that she didn't want to take him from Irene.
It seems ironic that she knew about Irene the whole time, yet she wasn't bothered by it when she convinced Dexter to be with her. Judy was a very manipulative woman. She was satisfied when she got her way. Then she turned into a heartbreaker.
At the end of the story, Judy got back in return what she had given out her whole life. She finally ended up with a man and married him. Unfortunately, he slept around on her all the time just as she had done in her younger years. She also stayed at home with the children.
Her appearance began to fade to. She was being considered as being just like the rest of the women. In her younger years, Judy was above the others, but now she had faded and wasn't anymore. She was living a life of misery.
The characterization of Judy Jones in "Winter Dreams" played an important role. Dexter Green's dreams were centered around her. Everything was centered around her. This was a good example of how characterization can help develop the plot of a story. Fitzgerald's elaborate description of Judy' appearance and personality made her come "alive" in the story.