The Great Gatsby


What is the message that Fitzgerald is trying to make about the american dream?

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The American dream is one of the main themes of the story. Hopes and dreams are what fuels people to achieve a piece of that dream. Gatsby represents this dream in a big way. Everything about his outward appearances is big except for the man himself. Gatsby is a self-made man which reinforces the possibility, although remote, for anyone to achieve the dream. In the end Fitzgerald makes clear that the American dream is merely illusion. Gatsby does achieve the dream but it is built on crime. Regular people like George and Myrtle have no hope for it. The America dream is only for the people, like Tom, who are born into it.