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Comparison of "The Great Gatsby" novel to the film version.

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Introduction

The two texts, ?The Great Gatsby?, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1926 and its film adaption, ?The Great Gatsby?, directed by Jack Clayton in 1974 both achieve successful in depicting ?the decline of the American Dream? in post war American Society. Confusing a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle with increased wealth and status is an underlying theme in both texts. Both texts are seen through the ?eyes? of Nick Carraway as he follows and observes an irrepressible dreamer, Jay Gatsby. A man who is trying to grasp an ?object? (a ?wealthy girl? named Daisy) whom he once had as a love interest. The Scene in the film adaption, where Nick sets up Gatsby and Daisy?s reunion is very important as it could be viewed as the ?climax of the film?. In the Novel, this scene occurs in Chapter 5. It begins with Gatsby sending a man over to Nick?s cottage to mow the grass and organising the delivery of great amounts of Daisy?s favourite flowers. ...read more.

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It was through this delivery scene in the film that Gatsby was able to show Daisy his wealth. Gatsby? wanted to please Daisy in any way possible. By making her feel as though she was in ?her paradise? he was attempting to win her over Tom Buchanan. The reunion of Gatsby and Daisy in the film adaption occurs when Daisy is admiring the flowers, and then suddenly looks into the mirror only to realise that Gatsby is standing in her presence. This is very important as it symbolises the ?intimacy? the two characters once shared years earlier. The subtle use of the music from non ? diegetic, where the intimate music is played, to sound diegetic; where the two characters are talking ?softly? to each other creates the effect of intimate tension between Gatsby and Daisy. In contrast, the novel?s treatment of the reunion of the two characters begins with Gatsby knocking at the door and Nick answering. ? then from the living room I heard a sort of choking murmur and part of a laugh?? This quote supports the idea that there is a theme of mystery. ...read more.

Conclusion

When Gatsby and Daisy reunite they completely ignore Nick?s presence. ?A pause; it endured horribly. I had nothing to do in the hall, so I went into the room.? This quote from the novel depicts how Nick felt when he realised his purpose for Gatsby has been fulfilled. He felt useless. Dim light was used throughout this scene to send the message to the viewer that it was an intimate secret moment between Gatsby and Daisy. The Camera distance is fairly close to the characters and the shifting of the camera helps depict the perspective and thoughts of each character. , In conclusion by analysing this particular scene, both texts; the novel, ?The Great Gatsby? (1926) and the film adaption, ?The Great Gatsby? (1974) successfully look at the ?Decline of the American dream? through wealth and status. The two texts also depict that this scene through the use of dim light and close camera distance depicts the tension and intimacy of ?Gatsby and Daisy?s Reunion?. Also the technique of the shifting of the camera helps represent the perspective and thoughts of each character. Therefore even with the added details, the film adaption successfully still follows the sequence of events shown in the novel. ...read more.

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