by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Analysis: Narrator Point of View
Who is the narrator, can she or he read minds, and, more importantly, can we trust her or him?
Third Person (Limited Omniscient)
The narrator of "Winter Dreams" talks about Dexter Green in the third person, so we know we're looking at a third-person narration here. But here's the kicker: the narrator focuses all of his descriptions of thoughts, impressions, and memories on Dexter. Even if this is not a first-person story told from Dexter's point of view, it often feels as though Dexter is the only realistic, three-dimensional character in "Winter Dreams." This is why we call it a limited omniscient narrator: he knows everything there is to know, but his knowledge is limited to one person, Dexter Green. All the other characters, even Judy Jones, mainly appear to flesh out Dexter's own character.