To me, the American Dream is risking everything you have for the chance at a better future. -my Mom
Gatsby's Ideal Dream
Gatsby's idealized dream was to have Daisy by his side forever and to make her happy. She represented wealth to him
Gatsby's Corrupt Dream
In the back of the car, yes. Grab them, Wolfsheim.
You have the goods?
Gatsby tries to achieve his dream through illegal means to get enough money to somehow grab Daisy's attention.
My mom put everything on the line when she immigrated to the United States. She had to leave all of her family, all of her friends and all the sunshine she ever knew to make her dreams come true in a place she didn't know. To her, the American dream is as much reaping what you sow as it being willing to sacrifice what you have for what you could get.
Gatsby loved daisy and wanted to be with her from the moment he met her. He also loved her for what she couldn't control, like her wealth. ‘Her voice is full of money,’ he said suddenly.That was it. I’d never understood before. It was full of money—that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals’ song of it…. High in a white palace the king’s daughter, the golden girl…." (Fitzgerald, 1925, p. 128)
Gatsby tries to make his ideal dream come true through any means necessary, and this includes getting involved in the bootlegging business with Wolfsheim. "‘I handed the money to Katspaugh and I said, ‘All right,Katspaugh, don’t pay him a penny till he shuts his mouth.’He shut it then and there.’" (Fitzgerald, 1925, p. 75)