Comparing Luhrmann And The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby, was a narrative novel written in the 1920’s by a young author named F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story portrayed many of the experiences that Fitzgerald experienced in his own life during the roaring twenties such as all the parties and drinking that was going on. It also accurately showed the pressures that everyone went through to become successful and achieve the american dream. Fitzgerald took these life experiences and represented them in this book, which after his death was named to be one of the greatest novels of American history. The book was then produced into a movie in 2013 and was directed by Baz Luhrmann, it became a success and received many different reviews from critics, some good and some bad. But the overall…show more content…
For example when Nick saw Myrtle for the first time he described her in a totally different way than she was represented in the movie. “Her face, above a spotted dress of dark blue crepe-de chine, contained no facet or gleam of beauty…”. In the movie however, Myrtle was portrayed as a beautiful, loud woman in her late twenties that loved to party and who certainly did not have smouldering veins on her body but instead, seemed rather attractive. Another character that Luhrmann seemed to change the characterization of was Daisy. In the book, Daisy was portrayed as a money loving, high-class, girl who left Gatsby for Tom because of his luxurious lifestyle and because she didn’t want to wait for Gatsby while he was at war. In the movie however, Daisy was not portrayed as a bold character, but instead she was in fact, thoughtless, and careless about events that were going around her because she couldn’t make up her mind for herself. An example of this was when Gatsby and Daisy finally decided to tell Tom that they were in love and Daisy had a hard time explaining her feelings towards Gatsby to Tom. She was instead greatly influenced by Gatsby who basically forced her to tell Tom the truth so that he could have her for himself. Luhrmann changed the personalities of Daisy and Myrtle slightly for the movie which gave it a different feel than the

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