Winter Dreams Literary Analysis Questions and Answers

1. What is the significance of the title? Why do you think Fitzgerald used “winter” and not “spring” or “fall” in the title? In what ways do the seasons affect Dexter’s outlook on life? For Dexter, all his daydreams took place in winter. Fitzgerald seems to like that, He likes the colder aspects of his title when put in context of young love and renewal.

2. Discuss the significance of this line: “… Dexter was unconsciously dictated to by his winter dreams.” Are you dictated to by your “winter dreams”? Winter depresses Dexter. It gives him sadness that disconnects him from his life. Winter makes Dexter think magical illusion of the rich. Dexter’s winter dreams take hold of him until there is nothing else in his life. Unfortunately his winter dreams are an illusion, Wealth and status are never within Dexter’s reach.

3. What does Dexter “surrendering” part of himself (beginning of part IV) mean? He had to give up a part of his personality and act like someone else

4. Describe the adult Judy Jones. What kind of person is she? Do you know anyone like her? Judy is a horrible person, she is selfish and spoiled, but eventually karma catches up to her by the end of the story. The problem is, Judy’s beauty and money guarantees her everything she wants. She’s never satisfied because “She was entertained only by the gratification of her desires and by the direct exercise of her own charm”. Judy is super self-absorbed, she never has to try for anything, she doesn’t understand real value. She is perfectly happy to keep Dexter hanging around for a bit, but he is always one of many other lovers, whom she kicks to the curb whenever she wants. Eventually, Dexter wises up and decides that he needs a more lasting relationship and leaves Judy behind.

5. Why do you think Dexter quit? Dexter obviously quit his job at the Golf club because he wants to impress Judy by becoming a millionaire. He thinks if hes rich like her maybe Judy will find him attractive. Although at age twenty-three Dexter had already made a name for himself, he then realizes that he will never be able to call Judy his own.

14. Dexter was glad that Judy took the trouble to lie.

15. She dismisses men with disarming regularity, only to call them back at her own interest.  She moves from man to man without showing much in way of emotional connection or shared stability.

16. Irene’s characterization is important to the overall view of Dexter’s “winter dreams.”  After experiencing a sense of tumult with Judy, where Dexter’s emotions and finances are spent to a level that can no longer be tolerated, he regroups and gets away from Judy.
1.With low taxes, beautiful views and a mild climate, this city is a great place to live.
Though he was very rich, he was still very unhappy.
After our trip to the beach, school started back, and I was excited to see my friends.

2.My life is my purpose. My life is my goal. My life is my inspiration. Anaphora is most commonly seen in poetry, essays, and formal speeches.

3.During the dinner conversation, Clifford, the messiest eater at the table, spewed mashed potatoes like an erupting volcano.
My 486 computer, a modern-day dinosaur, chews floppy disks as noisily as my brother does peanut brittle. Appositive is a noun or noun phrase that renames another noun right beside it. The appositive can be a short or long combination of words. An appositive is a noun or pronoun set beside another noun or pronoun to explain or identify it.

Edgar Allen Poe Quiz

  1. Elizabeth Arnold Poe, Poes mother also a British actress, and David Poe, Jr, Poes father also an actor who was born in Baltimore. His father left the family early in Poe’s life, and his mother passed away from tuberculosis when he was only three.
  2. Poe’s mother passed away from tuberculosis which is a serious infection in the lungs when he was only three.
  3. By the time he was three, Edgar, his older brother, and his younger sister were orphans. The children were sent to different families to live.
  4. Edgar went to the Richmond, Virginia. He lived in the home of John and Frances Allan, whose name Poe was to take later as his own middle name. The Allans were wealthy. They never adopted Poe, they treated him like a son, and also made sure he was educated in private academies, and took him to England for a five year stay.
  5. Poe then signed up for a five-year term in the U.S. Army. He also later in 1827 published a book at his own expense and the book failed to attract notice. Poe then later was offered a job at Southern Literary Messenger.
  6. Poe went to the University of Virginia in 1826, however, he didnt receive enough funds from Allan to cover all of his costs. Poe turned to gambling to cover the difference, but ended up in debt.
  7. Poe signed up for a five year term in the U.S. Army. By January 1829, serving under the name of Edgar A. Perry, Poe rose to the rank of sergeant major. He did not want to serve out the full five years, however, and he arranged to be discharged from the army on the condition that he would seek an appointment at West Point Academy.
  8. In 1836 Poe married his cousin Virginia who was then thirteen years old and moved to Richmond with her and her mother. Many people disagreed with the view of Poe and his marriage with his first cousin. The citing of a fervent love letter to argue that Poe loved his little cousin not only with the affection of a brother, but also with the passionate devotion of a lover and prospective husband.
  9. Poe was a successful writer. He published his first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems in 1827.
  10. Poe published Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, a collection of stories. It contained several of his most known to be creepy tales, including “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “Ligeia” and “William Wilson.” Poe launched the new genre of detective fiction with 1841’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.”
  11. Poe married his cousin Virginia who was half of Poe’s age. She began showing signs of the consumption or tuberculosis, an infection of the lungs who later died at the age 24.
  12. “The Raven” was one of Poe’s successes. Others may have read one of his more popular dark and creepy tales like, “The Fall of the House of Usher” or “The Tell-tale Heart.”
  13. Poe wrote ‘The Raven’ for his wife, while she was ill.
  14. Poe suffered from depression, a bipolar disorder and suffered from alcohol and drug abuse.
  15. October 3, 1849, Poe was found in Baltimore in great distress. He was taken to Washington College Hospital where he died on October 7, 1849. Poe had a congestion of the brain and it was later believed that alcoholism led to this cause.

Abigail Adams to John Quincy Adams revised Letter

Abigail Adams shows important significance in the letter she wrote to her son, John Quincy Adams. Abigail uses rhetorical devices like pathos. Abigail evoked her feeling of appreciation for her son and expressed how much of a tender parent she was. The letter expressed the rhetorical device, tyranny. Abigail also explains that her son, John, that nature isn’t enough for him. In this letter, Abigail shows extreme happiness to be John’s mother. She explains how she wants John to do good honor to the country and to give her pleasing hope to not let her down and disappoint her wishes. Abigail uses phrases like “great necessities call out great viruses” which explains her dignity and pride for her son. Abigail expresses she’s the parent who has taken a large and active share in the context of John’s journey. In my opinion, Abigail gives great advice. She shows a lot of personification. She greatly expresses to John to render your parents supremely happy, particularly herself, being John’s mother.

Narrative Response


Choose ONE character from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.  Rewrite the ending of the play in which the character you chose experiences a different fate than the one he or she experiences in the play.  How does this change the overall theme of redemption Miller is expressing?


I knew my from the beginning it was probably wrong to make up lie after lie. I didn’t want to be sentenced for witchcraft. I watched all the girls’ fear in their faces as we all sat being questioned by Judge Danforth. I thought to myself, this can’t be right. Dancing in the woods mid-day was not the purest of us puritans but a simple mistake doesn’t define us. I stepped forth with shame and guilt crawling up my spine. Pure sweat gathered all over the girls’ faces. At that very moment I was breathless. My eyes looking left to right rapidly. I turned behind me to see all the girls looking up at me. Not a single soul would confess and at this point, I didn’t want to experience the death of any us. Later that day, I saw John walking with his goody wife, Elizabeth Proctor through the village. I walked over slowly to his presence where his wife stands near him looking me up and down with an ugly facial expression towards me. I began to talk to John in a calm manner. “John, how do you do this evening?” I said. John looks over at Elizabeth then back at me. “What are you doing standing upon me, Abigail?” John expresses. At that very moment, I began to wonder why I even felt the courage to share conversation with John. Elizabeth gave me a horrifying stare. “I came to explain my love for you.” Elizabeth dropped dead to the ground. I couldn’t believe the reaction but that’s what my heart felt most. “Abigail, I’m in complete lost in words.” John states. “I shall give you space to think. Sorry about Elizabeth.” I then scurried across the village and into the church. I dropped down to my knees begging the God above me for forgiveness. All the guilt was eating me up inside and I felt like a devil’s daughter. From this day on, my life was a complete lie.

My body was aching and my head was pounding and I was dying for air. I woke up in a massive sweat. All night I had nightmares of the day me and the girl were dancing in the woods. That’s the only thing I seemed to ever think about. The guilt is practically eating my soul and everything I could ever have. I couldn’t imagine one of the girl’s taking the punishment of death for something I encouraged. I jumped up and quickly ran out of my house into the court. Through the double doors stood Judge Danforth. “I DID IT! I WAS THE FIRST TO EVER DANCE IN THE WOODS AND WORSHIP THE DEVIL. I DID IT! I TAKE ALL BLAME. PLEASE DON’T DO DEATH TO MY GIRLS! PUNISH ME. I SHALL BREATHE NO LONGER JUDGE DANFORTH.” Danforth had complete shock to his face. “Abigail, you are sentenced to be hung, immediately!” Danforth shouted. The entire village gathered around the rope where Abigail was sentenced to be hung. Everyone was against Abigail, There was hate posters made and people shouting their hate for Abigail. “NO ONE WHO WORSHIPS THE DEVIL SHALL LIVE.” John standing right beneath the rope looked as if disappointment gathered him. “Abigail Williams, you shall not live another minute.” Then, she was pushed and hung and immediately death consumed her. The crowd shouted in cheer.

Assignment #1

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou 

Decoded: Have potential in yourself. Be about what YOU want. If you see yourself failing, change your perspective, your entire MINDSET.

Concept of rhetoric: Potential is key in your mindset. You have to have confidence all the way around. Some key words: Attitude, change. Without those two words it doesn’t make up the quote and it’s meaning. The whole meaning of the quote is your attitude and how your mindset is based.

Importance: I use this quote in my daily life because it’s useful in all ways. For example, my motivation at work and school. I work at a local fast food restaurant, Zaxby’s. Every day I approach many customers and it’s up to me to provide the best customer service. At Zaxby’s, my approach to them is expected to be appropriate and if i don’t give the correct greet, their body language may not be as accepting or come off well and I may not like the response so therefore, I have to change my attitude/mind set.

Visuals: For example: If you include ALL black in your wardrobe , you might feel gloomy or sad all the time SO to change that you might wear bright colors like yellow to change your attitude.


Photography Final- Yearbook

4 objects

My object I picked as my time currently present at Pebblebrook is an tree. A tree represents my time because of the wind blowing through the trees, “time flying as fast the wind” type thing. Just last May, exactly a year ago, I was a freshman and now here I am, a rising junior.

2 Selfies

I picked these specific positions because it’s a natural to do these anytime I’m taking a selfie or many and it describes an outgoing, fun me!

2 moods

The first mood picture up top is the Eiffel Tower of Paris with roses and hearts underneath it. I choose this to be one of my moods because I plan to graduate not only high school but college also and someday I wanna be able to set up a small business there. I feel like I could get a lot of profits and then again I would love to travel there because it’s beautiful. For my second mood picture is a picture of me with the sun behind me because I believe I always should keep some type of positivity on me at all times.






Hello, and welcome to my website. My name is Ainsley Montgomery. I recently read the book above, and reflected on it in my own words. Below is where you will find many chapter summaries I wrote. Feel free to leave commentary. Hope you enjoy! Thank you.