28th September 2018

1.8 Significant Connections

The Great Gatsby, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Winter Dreams, Babes in the Woods. Using these 4 texts written by F. Scott Fitzgerald I will explore and explain significant connects throughout them. Fitzgerald tends to leave similarities in different texts through the likes of characters, techniques, themes etc. In this essay I will be discussing the significant connections between the main characters. This will be Jay Gatsby, Kenneth Powers, Benjamin Button, and Dexter Green. Fitzgerald makes many similarities in his main characters throughout the storyline with the characteristics and tendencies of themselves, I will explore and explain these connections in depth.

Winter Dreams. Winter Dreams is a short story about a boy named Dexter Green, the main protagonist and also narrator. Dexter is golf caddie from Black Bear Village Minnesota, he is proud to be the most popular and wanted caddie but he realises he isn’t making much money off it (looking at the life of his father, a wealthy businessman). After Dexter meets Judy Jones he is inspired to quit his job as a caddie and goes to college, later he returns and becomes a businessman. He gets very wealthy off of his business and ends up meeting Judy Jones again. Everything that Dexter did from quitting his caddie job to becoming a businessman was all to win over Judy Jones because he thinks that money can overrule love. He has made Judy the main interest of his life. Dexter and Judy get into a relationship but despite of this she still mingles with her other lovers. It comes to Dexter that he will never well and truly have Judy so he ends things and finds a new girl Irene, but he is sucked back in when Judy comes to him one night crying. Dexter is gullible to Judy’s romance, clouding his judgement and distracting him from his own life. Dexter takes the war as an opportunity to get away from everything and when it ends he stays on the east coast and gets rich at Wall Street. Years after, Dexter hears about Judy Jones again, now she is married, she is no longer beautiful, her husband isn’t faithful, life is now the other way around for her. Dexter realises that he doesn’t even really care for Judy anymore, he is no longer blinded and caught up in her manipulative romance, now he cares more about himself and is sad that he let it all happen. Now that he isn’t distracted by love and his sole interest is his own wellbeing, he makes money without interruption getting very very prosperous.

Jay Gatsby and James Gatz are two very different people, much like Dexter Green before and after quitting his caddie job. James had an average life living poorly on a farm with his parents in North Dakota, so he dreamed up an ideal teenage boys life and then hopped into it to become Jay. Just like Dexter for Judy, Jay Gatsby falls madly in love with Daisy Buchanan and devotes his life to woo her by becoming rich and popular. Dairy and Judy are both unfaithful to their partners except for Gatsby it is in his favor of his dream of her leaving Tom, but for Dexter he is the one being cheated on. Jay and Dexter are in the same romance situation where they are solely focussed on their lovers and not thinking about themselves and the world around them, their visions of being with them are just out of reach and they are unaware that total possession is not possible for them. Dexter does realise this later on causing him to forget and move on, but Gatsby is attached and will not stop chasing. Jays tendencies are very similar to those of Dexter, they both came from a poor beginning and then had dreams of getting rich and winning over their unattainable dream girls, they both went off to fight in the war, they are both obsessed with success and romance.

Benjamin Button and Jay Gatsby do not have such a strong mental/mindset connection as the other protagonists, but some physical features of their lives are quite similar. Benjamin and Gatsby both fall for a girl (both named Daisy), Gatsby’s love for Daisy is very intense and it takes over his life, for Benjamin it is not quite as full on but the one main connection is that the girl that they are chasing is unattainable. For Benjamin, he can’t be with Daisy because of his ‘disease’, when they meet and fall in love they are at similar ages, but as Benjamin gets younger they begin to grow apart. For Jay he cannot be with Daisy because she is stuck between Tom and him, Gatsby trying to force it when really she is never going to be completely his because Jay wants to believe that she never loved Tom Buchanan but she did for a while when he was a way at war. Benjamin is adopted and starts life into a poor family in New Orleans just like Jay Gatsby did in North Dakota. Both serve in the military and go to college. They are both very mysterious, isolated people, not many know much about them. Even though Ben and Jay are alone and cannot properly be with their lovers, their two lives end only partially having their Daisy’s to themselves. Benjamin is with Daisy but she is an old woman and he is a young child so she is more like a mother to him in his last days of life. Jay had Daisy on the car ride back to her house but she is still torn between Tom and himself, when he is killed she seems to try to forget about him by continuing life with Tom, not even showing up to his funeral. Benjamin Button and Jay Gatsby have some very similar physical parts of their lives such as love and events like college and the war, they do have a similar mental connection where they want to be with and impress a girl, but Jays is more consuming and he turns to money to woo her, where Benjamin’s love interest isn’t a huge part of his life and they both want to be together but can’t because of his curious aging case.

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  1. Hi Angus,

    You have a lot of work to do in the last three periods of this assessment.

    You need to be specific with the connecting aspect between characters. My suggestion is that you stick to one character per text (in your intro it looks like you are going to cover several from each). Less will allow you to explore the texts in greater depth.

    Mrs. P

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  2. Hi Angus,

    When you are discussing your connection between the two texts, be sure to comment on WHY you think the connection exists. Comment on it’s relevance to the audience, then and now.

    Mrs. P

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