What Is Gatsby's Dream

What is Gatsby's dream in "The Great Gatsby"?

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Gatsby's dream is to make the lies and illusions he has created about himself a reality. His stories of a wealthy chilhood, war hero, Oxford graduate, honest businessman are nothing more than a series of disceptions all designed to lure Daisy back to him. Even Gatsby's relationship with Daisy suggests that he is living a dream by trying to relive the past. His actions are not only unrealistic they also serve to mask the saddest part of his life, lonliness. Jay Gatsby was willing to pay top dollar to promote his illusions as reality...

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Gatsby's comprehensive American Dream was more of an obsession between love and wealth. When meeting Daisy, Gatsby lusted for the overall ideology of what daisy had such as wealth and that sophisticated reputation. At some point I can say that Daisy loved Gatsby. By time those 5 years ended she was so lost into the world of bedlam, Daisy just married Tom  for the slightest of money that could fulfill with her money. Basically just to come across themselves at well to do people and at the end it really shows that Daisy and Tom are  a "rotten crowd", people that hide behind their money thinking their problems will disappear. Careless individuals. Gatsby was just trying to repeat the past but just caught up in the disillusioned of the American dream itself.