This is the life that I always wanted! I am successful and living the dream!
Gatsby's Idealized American Dream
Look at that. I'd like to get one of those pink cloud and put you in it and push you around.
Gatsby's Corrupted American Dream
Your wife doesn't love you! She's never loved you! She loves me!
You must be crazy!
One view of the American Dream is being able to live life how you want and have what you want. "The American dream is being able to do what you want, when you want and how you want. It is being able to choose your job and being able to live life how you want" (Lesser, 2018).
Gatsby's idealized American Dream is for him and Daisy to be able to be in love once again. "He hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes" (Fitzgerald, 1925, pg.91).
The corrupted side of Gatsby's American Dream is having Daisy still love Tom as a result of how he was poor so Daisy would not marry him. "Oh you want too much...I love you now-isn't that enough? I can't help whats the past...I did love him once -but I loved you too" (Fitzgerald, 1925, pg.132).