F. Scott Fitzgerald was an American writer whose works captured the Jazz Age. According to PBS, “F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life is a tragic example of both sides of the American Dream–the joys of young love, wealth and success, and the tragedies associated with excess and failures.” In 1920, Fitzgerald married Zelda Sayre and their lifestyle was putting them into debt. He fell into a reckless life style of partying while trying to please Zelda by writing to earn money. Scott and Zelda’s relationship became strained due to his drinking problem and her mental instability. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a story about a man, named Jay Gatsby, who clawed his way to the top of the social ladder, only to find out that his wealth could not supply with the privilege that those who are born into the upper class enjoy. Published in the 1925, The Great Gatsby, is a documentation of the era in which the American economy soared, bring prosperity to the nation. Prohibition made millionaires out of bootleggers and those who fought in World War I turned to extravagant living to compensate. Fitzgerald uses character, setting, and symbolism as key literary elements to convey the theme of the corruption of the American Dream. It is the idea that any citizen have the opportunity to achieve success through hard work and initiative. It means that no matter who you are, you can become prosperous with great work ethics. The American Dream not only causes corruption but has also caused destruction. The characters in the novel– Myrtle, Daisy, and Gatsby have all been corrupted and destroyed by the dream. The desire for an extravagant life is what lures Myrtle into having an affair with Tom. Myrtle has the desire for a perfect and wealthy life. She enjoys reading gossip magazines which represents her hope for the life of the “rich and famous”. This shows that she’s only with Tom because he represents that life. Tom Buchanan’s “family were enormously wealthy–even in college his freedom with money was a matter for reproach” (Fitzgerald, 6). When Myrtle got married to George Wilson, she thought that she was head over heels about him and thought that they were happy together. She says, “The only crazy I was was when I married him. I knew right away I made a mistake. He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in, and never told me about it, and the man came after it one day when he was out…” (Fitzgerald, 35). Myrtle is materialistic and did not appreciate the reality of her husband inability to buy his own suit for their wedding. She is not only attracted to Tom’s appearance but his money as well. Myrtle is considered to be lower class, as she doesn’t have lots of money and lives in Valley Ashes: a place where the lower class live and cannot leave. Myrtle sleeps with Tom to inch her way to an upper class status. Her search for an American dream leads her to her destruction and death, as it is latered found that Daisy hits Myrtle with her car. The hope for happiness is something that Daisy wants, but she her outlook on life has changed once she found out that she married the wrong man. Early in the novel, Daisy finds out a secret that Tom has been hiding from her. Jordan says, ” She might have the decency not to telephone him a dinner time. Don’t you think?” (Fitzgerald, 15). Tom got a call from some woman at dinner and Jordan claims that the woman is Tom’s, suggesting he has a mistress. Throughout the novel, we learn that Daisy and Tom’s relationship is not ideal. Tom seems to be abusive towards her and does not seem to care much about her. Daisy thinks with wealth and love, she has everything but she realizes she has nothing and her dreams have corrupted her. She thought she had love when she married Tom, but it only came out to the money. When she reunited with Gatsby, who she hasn’t seen in five years she breaks down and starts to cry. “They’re such beautiful shirts, it makes me sad because I’ve never seen such- such beautiful shirts before” (Fitzgerald, 92). At this time, Daisy realizes that she married for money and not love. If she had married Gatsby, she would have married for both money and love. The chase for the american dream and the ideal man destroyed Daisy’s happiness. Gatsby’s love and chase for Daisy has taken control over his life. He feels that he has to live up to the American dream to impress Daisy. Daisy had always been rich and Gatsby thought that in order to get her back from Tom, he needs to have money. There was a green light where Daisy lived that Gatsby would always look out to. The green light represents his hopes and dreams for the future. By showing how the green light represents Gatsby’s infinite dreams, the author is saying that Gatsby feels that if destiny gives him approval, Daisy would soon be his. Just like the green light is always out of reach, so is the accomplishment of his goals. In other words, the American dream is an intangible nature with the unlikelihood to satisfy. Another symbol Fitzgerald takes on is New York city, to depict the flaws in the upper class. The city is represented as immoral and reckless in fulfilling dreams similar to Gatsby’s. The city is infused with careless lavishing and irresponsible immorality, which is demonstrated through Gatsby’s reckless parties. The East deceives people by providing them with wealth and opportunities as false promises. Unfortunately, Gatsby had fallen for those promises when he came to the East, hoping it would provide him with the things that could satisfy him. He is able to meet Daisy and confess his love for her but it came with a terrible price, his death. The setting of the novel conveys his view on the American dream during his lifetime as alluring and deceptive. Throughout the novel, Gatsby has desires and ambitions strong enough to attempt to make them real. Fitzgerald argues that no one can achieve their dreams without havin a rational and realistic view towards the idea. He was once a dreamer along with the rest of America, buying into the false ideas of society. He uses Gatsby death to encourage readers not to fall victim to the American dream. Just like Gatsby found his dream to be defective, Fitzgerald also realize that his dream that everything will happen according to, it was, in fact nothing but a dream.