Analysis Of The Movie ' The Great Gatsby ' Essay example

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Within the 2013 movie The Great Gatsby, the director Baz Luhrmann produces towards the end a scene of a gloomy foggy dock where a tiny green light blinks and cuts across the bay. The green light is the only source of light in the scene and contrasts with the dark blue surroundings. A man appears the green light illuminates his silhouette as he reaches a hand out towards the light. As he turns around it is shown it is Jay Gatsby and he turns back around to shakily reach for the light again. The fog disappears as the audience learns it is Gatsby. It reappears as the distance grows between Gatsby and the light and Gatsby eventually disappears from view. The green light continues to blink and grows brighter till the scene fades to white. Luhrmann emulates and stresses Fitzgerald’s importance of the green light from the very start of the movie to the end scenes through the use of juxtaposition of the literal and figurative, color, and perspective.
Furthermore, one way Fitzgerald and later Luhrmann demonstrate the importance of the green light is through the figurative and literal message of the green light that Gatsby strives but fails to obtain. The dialogue of the scene and words that appear on the screen showcase Luhrmann’s faithfulness to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book The Great Gatsby. As Gatsby reaches, Nick Carraway, the narrator of the book, says “he did not know that it was already behind him…” (Fitzgerald 180). The literal light is in front of Gatsby but what the light…

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