If I can spend time with my family and do what I love, I've achieved the American Dream.
Gatsby's Idealized Dream
I've been able to make so much money to live in pure luxury. I hope I can get Daisy to marry me!
Gatsby's Corrupt Dream
The only way I can get to be so rich to have a chance at Daisy is to sell illegal alcohol...
"To me, the American Dream is the ability to pursue my passions and to enjoy life."
"‘Your place looks like the world’s fair,’ [Nick] said. ‘I have been glancing into some of the rooms. Let’s go to Coney Island, old sport. In my car...Well, suppose we take a plunge in the swimming pool? I haven’t made use of it all summer.’" (Fitzgerald, 1925, p. 87)
"‘[Gatsby] and this Wolfshiem bought up a lot of side-street drug stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. That’s one of his little stunts. I picked him for a bootlegger...'" (Fitzgerald, 1925, 143)