The Valley of Ashes is a gray, dirty place where all the low-income nobody's live. It is a corrupt and gross place. It is the definition of the corruption of the American dream. " the ash gray men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud. " (Fitzgerald 23). This shows corruption of the American Dream because you can see that the people who live in the Valley of Ashes wanted to succeed but could not make it in the world.
Throughout the entire novel, Gatsby wants one thing; Daisy. He has been in love with her ever since he was a young man going off to war. Gatsby's dream was to marry Daisy. This dream is crushed in Chapter seven when Daisy chooses her husband, Tom instead of Gatsby. " your wife doesn't love you. She loves me...I love you now said Daisy." (Fitzgerald 132). This shows corruption of Gatsby's dream because in this moment, he lost it all.
In Chapter four, the reader meets Meyer Wolsheim. Throughout the first part of the novel, Fitzgerald makes it seem like there is something deeper to Gatsby; something he is hiding. When we meet Wolfsheim we get a deeper look into that side of Gatsby. "He's a gambler, he's the man who fixed the World Series back in 1919" (Fitzgerald 73). This shows corruption of the American Dream for Wolsheim because he was involved in a major crime.