The American Dream was defined in the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald,The American Dream was defined in the ways of wealth, equality of opportunity for each individual person in the book.This belief was played out in different ways with Symbolism and was played out with each character.With ways of wealth, hard work, symbolism,and hopes and dreams about there life in general.
The first way to define the American Dream is by way of explaining wealth. One of the quotes explaining how wealth is represented Why they came to East Egg I don't know,They had spent a year in France for no particular reason, and then drifted here and there unrestfully wherever people played polo and were rich together;(Fitzgerald,6) .This defines the part of wealth of the american dream by describing how wealth can change your life by the places you move to.
The Next point in this reasoning is explaining is the dream of wealth and respectability of hard work. The Carraways are something of a clan, and we have a tradition that we're descended from the Dukes of Buccleuch, but the actual founder of my line was my grandfather's brother, who came here in fifty-one, sent a substitute to the Civil War, and started the wholesale hardware business that my father carries on to-day. (Fitzgerald,3). This shows that respectability and wealth can be earned through hard work, and that hard work can payoff for somethings having to do with wealth which can also lead to success and luxury for yourself.
Another point of reasoning is the hopes dreams and the way people see things in there way. I lived at West Egg, the well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them. Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water, and the history of the summer really begins on the evening I drove over there to have dinner with the Tom Buchanans. Daisy was my second cousin once removed, and I'd known Tom in college. And just after the war I spent two days with them in Chicago (Fitzgerald, 5 ). This quote shows that people in this book can see america in many different ways than just one, which shows that people can have Hopes and dreams about what or how they want their life or the world to be like.
The American Dream was important in this story it was defined in ways of symbolism,and it being played out with the characters lifestyles.This in a way defined Gatsby's Character the most it was played out with his wealth, hopes and dreams,and success and respectability with wealth. The one major symbol that was used for the American Dream was with the green light. This green light has represented money, success, and pastimes. They affected Gatsby the most because they sometimes focused on his money and success,his hopes and dreams and his past with other characters.