How does Gatsby represent the American dream? What does the novel have to say about the condition of the American dream of the 1920's?

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You are addressing a theme of the book - that the American Dream can become corrupted.  The American Dream was, and still is, that anyone, no matter how humble the birth, can rise up to become whatever he or she desires if he or she is willing to work hard.  Jay Gatsby despised his humble birth and background.  He knew at a very young age that he wanted more out of life than what his parents had (see chapter 6) and some proof of that is in what Gatsby wrote in the book his father brought with him to Jay's after Jay died.  He knew he wanted wealth from an early age, but when he met Daisy in 1917, his American Dream shifted. ...

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