In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald shows a picture of 1920's America. In that period of time, just after world war one, the American economics was developing at a very fast speed. Prosperity changed people's spirit and values, wealthy people lived extravagant lives, and they tried to seek pleasure all day long. Millions of peoples try to get wealthy, and that was their dream. American dream as one of the most important factor in the society in the 1920s American, and it plays a primary role in the novel.
The way of Fitzgerald to name this novel is different to any other book, it name “The Great Gatsby" rather than "Gatsby", but how can a man who was dead and didn't research his goal to be a great man? There are lot of people who study the Great Gatsby believe this novel is full of satire to Gatsby, and Gatsby is a looser in the society. In fact, many factor support Gatsby is a great dream chaser, even though Gatsby is dead and he didn't achieve his dream.
As definition of the American dream "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement regardless of social class or circumstances of birth" (James Truslow Adams). In the novel, Gatsby want to renew the relationship with Daisy who is Gatsby's dream girl and marry another man who is wealthy and in the upper classes. Gatsby endeavor to get wealthy by hook or crook, he holds a big party in his house just for catching Daisy's attention, he is a typical example of the people who pursue American Dream. However, at the end of the story, Gatsby is killed, and Daisy still lives with her husband Tom. Gatsby didn't research his goal. He is dead for his dream. It is meant Gatsby is a loser and not successful man?
Gatsby born in a poor family, but desire to advance. He wants to live a more splendid life that was his dream, and he pays action. He makes a schedule and he requests continuously strictly himself. He is trying so hard to change himself, to live a different life. Even though it might not seem to be a rightful ways, but the result is successful. Try to imagine that if Gatsby didn't work hard and change himself, how can he afford the luxury house, car, and all the luxury goods? How can he get a chance to date with the girl of his dream: Daisy, who had a higher level social status than he has? How can he let his father feel proud of him? Gatsby is great because his success to live the life which he wants to live through his endeavor.
Gatsby was a man who was very brave. That is a reason why he supports to be a great man. He could do anything to achieve his dream no matter how dangerous is was. He get wealthy though smuggle alcohol in the prohibition of alcohol time which is one of the fastest ways to earn money, but it was so dangerous that he has to face a giant risk. Even though Gatsby know he will get into the prison if he is caught, he still runs a risk to do that job. Gatsby's bravery also can be found when he hides the truth...