The American Dream
An ideal that all humans should have an equal opportunity to pursue happiness and success
“The American Dream is that dream of a land where life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.”
East Egg: False
These people are born into ‘the dream”
Don’t work for anything
West Egg: Corrupt
These people ‘bootleg’ their way to the top but are never fully accepted into the elite social group.
The Valley of Ashes: Failed
These people believe that they can reach the top so they keep working but never get there. The dream consistently fails them.
New York: Illusion
Anything is possible here (or at least it feels like it is). This place offers an escape for many people from reality.