Characterization Of The Great Gastby And Baz Luhrmann 's Film Adaptation
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Consider Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of the novel (2013). Is Luhrmann’s adaptation faithful to Fitzgerald’s work? Discuss by analyzing characterization in both works.
Written in 1925, The Great Gatsby is one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel in which he “invites the reader to taste, see, and smell the “Roaring Twenties” (Gibb 96) with the life of Jay Gatz, who aims to recreate the past. Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the novel rendered such a glamorous and extravagant reproduction of Fitzgerald’s work through the accurate characterization of all characters and events in the novel.
To begin, the narration of both works rely entirely on Nick Carraway’s perception. Thus, he tries to remain objective but, sometimes is intoxicated by alcohol which can alter his objectivity, truthfulness and neutrality as a narrator yet, he suggests:” In consequence I’m in- clined to reserve all judgments” (1). Throughout the novel and the movie, he is a bit of an outsider who does not “fit in” and is forgotten by the others: “They had forgotten me” (96). Thence, nobody remember it was his birthday, not even him: “I just remembered that today’s my birthday” (135). However, the entire story relies on him, thus, he has a strong impact on how the plot evolves yet, nobody questions him.Thence, he is “impossibly confused” but also “ within and without”. Likewise, Nick’s house is a reflection of his…