Jay Gatsby seems to be an epitome of the American dream as the novel begins. He is depicted as a self-made affluent man. He has amassed great wealth through his shrewd business deals. He is also charismatic and a lover of fun, if his lavish lifestyle is anything to go by. He is fond of hosting weekly parties at his home. He lives in Post-war America and, therefore, keen on gaining from the benefits that come with the postwar terrain. Right from the start of the novel, he appears to be quite mysterious and hard to grasp. It is not clear of how he amassed his immense wealth. The stories behind the issue are numerous, and the audience e is only left to guess how it could have happened. Nick Carraway, however, manages to unearth the story behind Jay Gatsby. He learns that the man was born in abject poverty in North Dakota. At the time, he was called James Gatz. He, therefore, came up with the name Jay Gatsby, while he was young. He felt that the invention of his new name was one of the steps towards achieving sophistication. He yearned to be different and lived each day chasing the dream.
Gatsby is, however, cunning. He chooses to keep his background secret and only projects to people what he wants them to see. Given the mysterious life that he leads, he makes people attain a high level of speculation. Some of them, therefore, end up having the belief that he is a German spy. Other people state that he made his money from different illegal activities that he has been involved in. Some of the activities that presume include the sale of alcohol and gambling. Other people believe that he killed someone and took his wealth. In spite of the different stories that revolve around him, Gatsby does not seem to care. He is more focused on how he can build his empire and attain some form of prestige that he has been after, for long.
His main aim has been to impress Daisy Buchanan, a young maiden, which he had fallen in love with before World War I broke out. Gatsby acts as a façade for both the best and the worst that the American dream could bear. The dream needs a more stable foundation to stand still. Otherwise, it is likely to break down. The fall of Gatsby is seen as something that may easily be determined by the audience, right at the start of the novel. He had a high level of indulgence and recklessness, factors that could be seen as the most significant contributors to the imminence of his funeral.