Differences Between Great Gatsby Book And Movie

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The Great Differences Between the Gatsbys; Film versus Novel The Great Gatsby, a classic novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is said to be one of the most influential novels of the 1920’s. Later, adapted into a film by Baz Luhrmann, this quintessential novel has striking differences when compared with its adaption; giving viewers a skewed perception of the Jazz Era. Characters, main plot points and even the main character Gatsby all carry some sort of difference from the book to the movie. Luhrmann does an excellent job of recreating works of literature into films, keeping the dialogue almost completely the same, yet he changes major pieces in order to make the film more enjoyable for viewers. This alters the viewer 's perspective on the …show more content…
Jordan Baker, a great example of this, was a significant character throughout the novel and the movie adaptation. Although she was significant, both the film and novel are similar with a few changes. As for what was kept the same, Jordan was a golfer in both the book and film. This is somewhat significant in how it shows a certain class that Jordan Baker is in. One of the largest differences between film and movie, was Jordan was casually dating Mr. Carraway. During the film it was never stated if they are dating and it seems that Jordan has already been taken by another person who the viewers never get introduced too. Another large difference is how she was only used for the major plot of getting Gatsby and Daisy back together. In the novel she had dates and was more of an active role in Nick 's life. With that being stated she turned from being a major role in Nick’s life to being the ‘messenger boy’ for Gatsby and …show more content…
The difference in conflict between Gatsby and Tom, as well as Myrtle 's death skew the plot line. In the novel Gatsby and Nick travel to Daisy’s home and differences present themselves right away. Daisy’s daughter is finally introduced to Gatsby in the novel and Daisy seems very disinterested in her child, yet in the movie you don’t even see her daughter during the climax. Daisy’s reaction to the heat and the tension in her home is also slightly different. Originally, Daisy mentioned to Gatsby that he always looks so cool, as well as how he resembles a man on a certain advertisement. In the movie adaptation, she doesn’t ever mention Gatsby in comparison to an advertisement. These differences give us an idea of what has been changed, especially with characters. The biggest difference between the film and the novel, was Gatsby.
Gatsby was a larger than life character in both the novel and the film adaptation. In the film he is portrayed in a different manner. He still has his classy ways, and his ‘old sport’ saying but he seems to flow in a different way. He is a more pronounced character. He is able to do what he wants when he wants, whenever he wants to. After the character is introduced to us via the scene on the dock, where Mr.Carraway sees Mr.Gatsby for the first time, is the first time we could see him as a character further develop. There 's a certain characteristic that makes him stand out and makes

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