Gatsby, like Ben Franklin, is the quintessential self-made man. Like any great American, they both set goals for themselves and then (with hard work and fortitude) they achieve them. Whether it is “a penny saved…” or “no chewing,” greatness comes from endurance, and focus: the “can-do” spirit. They both exemplify the “rags to riches” scenario that is so American. They believe in the power of the individual and the power of holding on to dreams. In the last chapter of the book, Gatsby’s father shows Nick Gatsby’s Hop-a-Long Cassidy book with his goals written in the back. These goals mirror (if not down-right copy) Benjamin Franklin’s goals from his autobiography.