Essay about The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
November 23, 2016
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925. The film version that I will be discussing in this report is the version co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann in 2013. For my thesis, I will discuss how Jay Gatsby’s pursuit of Daisy, the one piece missing in his perfect fantasy, ironically leads to his downfall and demise, and how he accumulates his wealth through illegal means and his real station in society contribute as well.
The movie begins with the narrator, Nick Carraway, who is being treated for alcoholism and fits of rage in a psychiatric hospital in 1929. During a session with his doctor, he mentions a man who was the most hopeful man he’s ever met, named Gatsby. Nick’s doctor suggests he start writing, and he begins writing of his experiences in New York in 1922 while he was working as a bondsman. He moves into a small cottage in West Egg, and is invited to the home of his cousin, Daisy, and her husband Tom Buchanan. The Buchanan’s live in East Egg, and Tom comes from a very wealthy family, and he and Nick also attend Yale together. During the dinner, Nick also meets Jordan Baker, a female golfer who remains an acquaintance of Nick throughout the film. Jordan also reveals to Nick that Tom has a mistress who lives in the valley of ashes, an industrial area between West Egg and New York. Tom suggests that he and Nick go to the Yale Club together. During a later outing to…