What is the American Dream?
The perception of what an individual can achieve in terms of success regardless of family history or social status. The values of life changed in the 1920s; instead of striving for equality people just wanted to get as rich as possible. People focused more on materialistic goals and who could throw the biggest party.
Having a big house
Having a big house allows you to throw big parties which means you're high on the social scale
Going to fancy parties
Going to big parties and dressing nicely made you well respected.
Having a car
People who had nice cars had a lot of money.
The Great Gatsby
How did The Great Gatsby relate to the American Dream?
The Great Gatsby played a big part in the American Dream because it took place in the 1920s while being rich and going to fancy parties was popular. People had dreams of being part of the upper class.