My American Dream
My idea of the American dream isn't as extravagant as other people's might be. When I think of the term "American Dream" the first thing that comes to mind is a stable job with a decent income; enough to pay for food, rent, clothes, and support your family. Another thing that comes to mind is a average sized house- not a mansion. Something big enough that can hold you and your families belongings, but not a house so big that you would loose them. With the American dream I believe you shouldn't have to work so hard that you don't have time for hobbies. Part of the American dream isn't just having stable income, but having fun and enjoying your life.
Gatsby's American Dream
Chapter 1: Pages 14-15
"I lived at West Egg, the—well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them. [...] Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water, and the history of the summer really begins on the evening I drove over there to have dinner with the Tom Buchanans."
In this video you can see examples of how extravagant of a live Gatsby wanted to/did live.
Something that would complete Gatsby's American Dream is his perfect girl. In this photo you can see Gatsby and Tom fighting over Daisy.
The picture of Gatsby's house shows how much money he made and how much he wanted to be recognized by people, Daisy specifically, that he was rich.
Gatsby owned all of the latest fashions at the time. This was because he could afford it. In the "shirt scene" you can see Gatsby showing off his wealth to Daisy.
One example of something that was the opposite of Gatsby's American Dream was the valley of ashes. It was poor- just like he used to be.