From the settlers who first arrived to America, to the Confederates and the modern day citizens, Americans are all in pursuit of one thing; the American Dream. It is a dream of equality, opportunity, prosperity and love. As promised in the United States Declaration of Independence, every man has “unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” (US 1776). From this phrase, every member of the United States is guaranteed an equal chance at achieving the American Dream. This united vision is what comes under scrutiny in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. An examination of this classic American novel will show that in the 1920’s, the American Dream had stagnated into a state of moral decay due to pure greed, crass materialism and self-indulgence as evidenced by the three main characters: Jay Gatsby, and Daisy and Tom Buchanan.