Essay about The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

1473 Words Dec 1st, 2014 6 Pages
Harper Lee wrote on her novel To Kill a Mockingbird 's film adaptation, “If the integrity of a film adaptation is measured by the degree to which the novelist’s intent is preserved, Mr. Foote’s screenplay should be studied as a classic.” Indeed the film is still renowned as one of the best adaptations ever. However, other authors have opposite reactions like Clockwork Orange 's Anthony Burgess, “The film made it easy for readers of the book to misunderstand what it was about, and the misunderstanding will pursue me till I die.” The adaptation of a great novel is a delicate business but if done correctly highly rewarding. The recent adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald 's brilliant novel The Great Gatsby by director Baz Luhrmann attempts this daring feat. Through study of two scenes, Gatsby and Daisy 's reunion and Gatsby 's death and funeral, it is clear that Baz Luhrmann followed in the footsteps of To Kill a Mockingbird and not of Clockwork Orange. His film, simply put, gets it right. Fitzgerald presents a profound shift in mood when Nick invites Gatsby and Daisy to a Tea. At the beginning, Gatsby and Daisy are extremely uncomfortable; however, once they warm up to each other, the scene turns into a romantic daze with Nick as an accompaniment. To demonstrate the unease, Nick’s “own face… assume[d] a deep tropical burn” (Fitzgerald 86-87) because of the silence that prevailed Gatsby’s and Daisy’s reunion. Despite Nick having no personal reason to be anxious, the air was so…

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