This failure of the American dream in Gatsby’s life, displays that the dream is not an index of aspiration but a function of deprivation, is due to the moral decaying of the 1920s. When linking this to society today, we may see more and more people becoming like a cog in a wheel, but for those who have read the Great Gatsby, have been.
The Great Gatsby set the tone for the movement that defined American literature in the early decades well into the present day. The characters of The Great Gatsby are a direct reflection of the “lost generation” to which Fitzgerald belonged. In many ways, his characters could be seen as a portrait of the people he associated with, if not.