The Great Gatsby is often interpreted as a true love story that embraces traditional American ideals, but as a matter of fact, it is a satire, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, that ridicules American ideals, displays the downfall of romantic love dating back to the 1920s, and exposes how despite wealth, high class people are morally bankrupt. A satire is when an author uses humor, irony, or exaggeration, to criticize and reveal people’s stupidity or corruption, in which Fitzgerald presents in this book. F. Scott Fitzgerald used his extremely successful novel to offer commentary on the social classes of the 1920s, in particular, the higher class. Now, what are American ideals? American culture contain tons of American ideals and values but a majority of Americans mainly believe in the ideals including liberty, equality, loyalty to one’s nation, individualism, unity, diversity, and fulfilling the American Dream. The author uses satire to suggest that men’s equality, the fulfillment of the American Dream, and American ideals were progressively becoming worse, almost disintegrating. He shows the carelessness of society during the 1920s by classifying them based on where they live, (a.k.a. the East and West Egg.) The American Dream is corrupted by the desire for wealth and he uses this theme to show how The Great Gatsby is a satire of American ideals. The Great Gatsby indicates a strong similarity between The American Dream and love. If the meaning of love to someone is nothing but the desire to possess it, then that love will fail, because that love is not real. True love is a strong and lasting affection between two people who are happy and passionate about one another and care deeply for each other. You fall in love with the characteristics, the behaviors, and what you admire in that other person, you don’t “fall in love” due to lust, longing desire of affection or the idea of being in love. That love will fail, just like if someone’s interpretation of the American Dream is only desire of wealth and possession, in which case that dream is destructive. The entire purpose of the American Dream works through self-discovery and self-dependency to achieve success and prosperity through hard work and determination. If one isn’t willing to abide to the ideals of a true American Dream, it’s just simply a selfish race to the top. The American Dream and true love’s downfall is due to the 1920’s making it appear as money was the highest form of happiness. Over the course of The Great Gatsby, Tom and Daisy Buchanan, continue having affairs, pulling away from each other instead of working to fix their relationship and talk things out. However, Gatsby pushes them to express their feelings in the Plaza Hotel when he demands Daisy tell Tom she never loved him but she can’t go through with it. “I did love him (Tom) once but I loved you too!” (Fitzgerald 132). Despite the dysfunction of their marriage, Tom and Daisy both seem to seek comfort in happier times of their relationship. Tom didn’t fall in love with Daisy, but he did care for her. I believe that in their youth, Daisy and Gatsby had fallen in love, but they fell out of love when Gatsby had been away at war. Daisy longed for his affection and fulfilled it with that of Tom’s. Tom and Daisy never fell in love though. Tom and Gatsby differed in the sense of where they stood in society, in which Tom was in the higher class with Daisy and his wealth from inheritance provided a sense of security to Daisy. This intense desire for money rather than love, introduced in the 1920s, is what brought about the downfall of romantic intimate relationships. Throughout this novel, we see how the author uses satire to emphasize the personalities and qualities of the characters and bring to light the fact that despite wealth, high class people are morally bankrupt. The author uncovers how privileged people, such as Tom, Daisy, and Jordan, represent the reckless behavior of the high class and treat ordinary, or lower class citizens as if they don’t matter. Money changes people and shapes the way people think and behave as it can be shown in Fitzgerald’s novel. ”They were careless people, Tom and Daisy–they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money of their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.” (Fitzgerald 179). Rich people, like Tom and Daisy, seem to believe that wealth is part of their identity, that they were entitled to their wealth. High class people are morally bankrupt when moral and ethical values aren’t important in their lives, and those values are seeming less and less important because our society now celebrates money as a good in itself.