This is my American Dream. I can be whoever I want to be, marry who I want, and have kids. My American Dream is the essence of freedom.
Jay Gatsby's Idealized American Dream
I have always worked so hard for this life, but there is one last thing to complete my dream.
Jay Gatsby's Corrupt American Dream
My parents' American Dream primarily consists of the freedom to be whoever you want to be. Their American Dream is that we can make our own decisions regarding how we live our life, such as our religion, job, how we think, where we travel, etc. As a community, we must all care for each other and respect each other for who we are and allow each other to make these decisions about ourselves.
Jay Gatsby is most certainly the essence of the American Dream: a man who had high hopes and ambitions and would not stop until they were achieved. Throughout Gatsby's life, he had worked extremely hard to make a living, gain the respect of his peers, and most importantly, win Daisy's love. On page 185, Gatsby's dad states, "Jimmy was bound to get ahead. He always had some resolves like this or something. Do you notice what he's got about improving his mind? He was always great for that."
Gatsby's American Dream, while idealized in some ways, was just as corrupt. He essentially invested his life in trying to win back the love of his life, Daisy. However, Daisy couldn't bring herself to let go of the wealth of Tom. His dream was corrupt because of how all of these materialistic items lead to a false sense of happiness, one that only brought upon more stress in his life. The only thing Gatsby had on his side was his "extraordinary gift for hope". Gatsby also earned his wealth through an illegal bootlegging scheme, which only caused more issues. (Fitzgerald, page 6)