The American Dream
My definition of the american dream would be having enough money to take care of everything that I need and never have to worry about money again, having a house or my own place to live, and having everything my family needs.
Gatsby's American Dream
Gatsby's dream started as becoming wealthy and then became doing whatever he needed to have Daisy for himself.
“He talked a lot about the past, and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy. His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was ....”
Chapter 6, page 111
When Gatsby tells Nick of his life when he was a child he wanted to be wealthy and get away from his poor family and when he is 17 he leaves home to try and become wealthy.
When Gatsby is stationed in Louisville he meets Daisy and falls in love and his dream becomes getting money so that he is up to Daisy's standards.
After Gatsby finally becomes wealthy he buys a house right across the bay from Daisy's and throws huge parties hoping she will show up at one.
At night Gatsby goes out to end of his dock and reaches towards the green light on the end of the dock at Daisy's house.