The American Dream is having the freedom and opportunity to better the lives of oneself and their loved ones. Under the American Dream, one is not controlled or hindered by the government or a social hierarchy. Overall, the American Dream is one based on oportunities.
The American Dream Interview
I finally have the ability to create a future for myself.
Jay Gatsby's ideal American Dream is to have Daisy. He works to make money so that Daisy will realize that Gatsby has everything that she has ever needed and wanted. This will cause Daisy to leave Tom and be with Gatsby instead.
Gatsby's Idealized American Dream
Finally after all these years, I have who I have always wanted, Daisy. After years of hard work building up my fortune, she has chosen me over Tom.
Gatsby's corrupt American Dream
Gatsby partners with Wolfsheim to make money bootlegging liquor. Gatsby's lifelong goal has been to obtain enough money so he can get Daisy back. But, he gets this money in an illegal way. So even though Gatsby has a lot of money, the ways he gets his money is unjust and corrupt.
This is the fastest way for me to make money. The sooner I get rich the sooner Daisy will be with me. It's only wrong if we get caught.