Essay on Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' The Great Gatsby '

1324 Words Oct 27th, 2015 6 Pages
“While Luhrmann’s film does offer a visually-pleasing adaptation of The Great Gatsby, his overall reading of the novel is too simplistic and misses the more nuanced arguments from the primary text. True, Luhrmann has a wonderful eye for visuals, but it comes at too great a cost for the source material he adapts. Basically, he is too concerned with creating pretty pictures instead of letting the language and story work on their own merit. Luhrmann’s emphasis on creating striking visuals forces him to present the characters as scenery props instead of the complex, thematic devices they are in the novel. For example, Luhrmann’s treatment of the Owl Eyes character serves as the strongest example of his simplistic, surface-level reading of the work. Yes, Owl Eyes appears in only a few scenes in the novel, but his significance to the work’s larger argument is crucial. Owl Eyes is just one of the many characters Luhrmann interprets on a surface-level. And, as the novel suggests, what we perceive on the exterior is not always what is true beneath the surface. While the film does provide some interesting interpretations, Luhrmann’s basic Sparknotes interpretation misses too much of the novel’s larger arguments to provide any value for students that study Fitzgerald’s novel.”
- Mr. Smith’s Recent Statement about Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 Adaptation

Abby E. Stevenson
October 22nd, 2015
Dear Mr. Smith, There are many obligations to being a teacher. As a student, I have gone through many…

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