Movie And Book Comparison Of The Great Gatsby

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The book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is about a man named Gatsby who became wealthy in order to impress a woman he once loved. The woman, Daisy, is now married with a child. However, her cousin and Gatsby’s only friend, Nick Carraway, brings reunites to two. The book touches on some main themes, including the failure of the American dream, love, and wealth. There have been multiple film adaptations of this book, the most recent one being in 2013 by Baz Luhrmann. Luhrmann had previously directed Romeo and Juliet and well as Moulin Rouge. All of the film adaptations were relatively similar to the book, however, they tended to be different in order to fit the time period the movie was made in. The book takes place in the 1920’s as …show more content…
There were not many major changes made to the plot or to the characters. However, there were some very noticeable similarities between the two. Both the book and the film take place in New York during the 1920’s right after World War I. This was a time when a majority of the country lived in cities and the nation’s wealth doubled. The book and the movie accurately depicted the lifestyle of the 1920’s with the prohibition, flappers, jazz music, wealth and the breaking of old traditions for the new, modern way of life (Rawden).Both the film and the book demonstrated the loud parties, extravagant outfits, and fancy cars that were present. Gatsby himself threw large parties every weekend of the summer. He later claims to have done this only to get Daisy’s attention and not for himself. He wanted to impress Daisy and show her that he can now fit in with her wealthy lifestyle. In the book and the movie, Gatsby acts in a very formal way that is almost too over the top because he is not used to the rich way of life and had just recently learned how to act. He frequently uses the expression “old sport” and sends Nick a formal invitation to one of his parties. The characters of Tom and Daisy are also well represented in the film. Tom is still very aggressive and controlling. Along with judgmental and self- centered. He thinks very highly of himself and doesn’t think anyone else is as good as he is. In both forms, Daisy comes off as innocent and almost clueless, but in the end it is clear that she is very selfish and materialistic. She is not a clueless and dumb as she might seem. Another consistent character was Wolfsheim. He as the man that helped Gatsby make all of his money through bootlegging. He shows that Gatsby was a good person underneath everything that he had done. In both the novel and the movie, it is clear that Gatsby will never be able to fit in with people like Tom and Daisy. They came from money and they

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