为了了解斯科特·菲茨杰拉德的天才，人们需要了解围绕着情节的美国梦的主题。美国梦指出，每一个努力工作、有抱负的人都应该得到回报。在《了不起的盖茨比》(the Great Gatsby)的故事中，许多角色都为实现美国梦而努力。在这个故事里，菲茨杰拉德通过杰伊·盖茨比的性格呈现了美国梦。盖茨比的角色努力改变他的生活，从一无所有到变得非常富有。他的成功比率在腐败达到顶峰的时候被描绘出来。事实上，让盖茨比富有的企业并没有在情节中披露，但这表明他从事了一些非法的生意。通过对盖茨比性格的刻画，作者试图突出美国梦，但同时又将其非法化，使整个梦更加复杂(Bloom,2010)。盖茨比性格的成功表现在他不愿遵守社会的规则和规范。在一本名为《2008年出版的人物腐败》的小说中，盖茨比的角色是一个腐败的角色，他的内心深处有自己的梦想。盖茨比有可能实现他的梦想，这一事实表明，人们没有同样的机会去实现他们的美国梦。
In order to understand the genius of the writer of Scott Fitzgerald, one needs to understand the theme of American dream that surrounds the plot. The American dream states that every individual who has worked hard and has an ambition to achieve should be rewarded. In the story of The Great Gatsby, many characters make efforts for achieving the American dream. In the story, Fitzgerald presents the American dream through the character of Jay Gatsby. The character Gatsby makes efforts to change his life from possessing nothing to being very rich. His success ratio is mapped during the time when corruption was at its peak. In actuality, the business which made Gatsby rich is not disclosed in the plot but it is indicated that he got into some illegal business. Through the portrayal of the character of Gatsby, the author attempts to highlight American dream but by adding the illegal aspect to the same, he makes the whole dream more complex (Bloom, 2010). The success of the character of Gatsby is depicted through his reluctance to follow the rules and norms of the society. In one of the novels titled, A Corruption of Character published in the year 2008, the character of Gatsby as the corrupt character who has illicit intentions at heart of his dream. The fact that Gatsby has the potential to fulfil his dreams shows that the people do not have the same kind of opportunities to fulfil their American dream.