Essay on Comparing The Great Gatsby And The Novel

1061 Words Jun 9th, 2016 5 Pages
When comparing the two films of The Great Gatsby and the novel, there are some clear distinctions between the two actors playing Daisy and Tom Buchanan and how they are originally described. The actors set the stage for the characters’ personalities, and can affect how the characters are supposed to be viewed. The movies also control what scenes they add and avoid, to focus more on the main ideas of the films.
Tom Buchanan, Daisy’s husband, is described as an enormous, muscular man. When comparing the two characters that play him in the films, their personalities and physical features are altered, from the original description in the novel. The novel provides a detailed description of Tom, making it clear that “not even the effeminate swank of his riding clothes could hide the enormous power of that body - he seemed to fill those glistening boots until he strained when his shoulder moved under his thin coat. It was a body capable of enormous leverage – a cruel body” (7). In Luhrmann’s modern version of the movie, the actor that plays Tom is an exact match to the description in the book. The actor is a huge, muscular man, that towers over everyone. In the older film, directed by Clayton, the actor that plays Tom has more of a wimpy body figure, and has no muscle. His figure is not as muscular as Luhrmann’s. Tom’s physical description is important, in order to picture a wealthy man who is hulking. When Nick Carraway has dinner at Daisy’s house, Tom starts talking about the…

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