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The Great Gatsby new movie vs. novel

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Dylan Dees

on 31 March 2014

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The Great Gatsby new movie vs. novel
Similarities and differences in plot
-Tom breaks Daisy's nose (similarity)
-Movie cuts to Nicks therapy sessions (difference)
-Tom doubts Gatsby (similarity)

Tom breaks Myrtle's nose and draws blood in the book and movie. In the novel, "there were bloody towels upon the bathroom floor, and women's voices scolding" (37), making it more dramatic than the movie; where only blood ran down her nose. In both works, the women scream loudly at the incident and havoc erupts.
There was no doctor at all in the book. The producers used the therapy sessions as a way to easier tell the story but at the same time grab viewers attention from the beginning to the end. The doctor also gives the viewer an idea of how Nick went off the deep end after the death of Gatsby.
"By the way, Mr. Gatsby, [Tom] understand you're an Oxford man"(128). Tom questions Gatsby, trying to prove him wrong. Tom wants to embarrass him in front of everyone and make Daisy think he is a liar. This subject later enrages Gatsby and makes him snap at Tom, causing Daisy to start her withdrawl from Gatsby's heart.
Similarities and differences in characterization:
-Myrtle acts rich while with Tom
-Daisy is dark haired in the book
-Gatsby's hope throughout the story
Even though Myrtle lives in the Valley of Ashes and is part of the lower class, she portrays herself as a rich person when she is around Tom. When asked about her outfit in the apartment, she says "Its just a crazy old thing... I just slip it on sometimes when I don't care what I look like" (31).
Daisy is a brunette in the novel but blond in both movies. The day Gatsby left Daisy for the army, "now and then she moved and he changed his arm a little, and once he kissed her dark shining hair" (150). Daisy is noticeably blond in both of the films.
"But it was all going by too fast now for his blurred eyes and he knew that he had lost that part of it, the freshest and the best, forever" (153). Gatsby has been chasing a lost dream for 5 years showing extraordinary hope. Hope that most people don't have and is almost a gift; but too much hope can lead to bad things.
Other similarities and differences:
-Mr. Gatz does not come to New York in
the film
-Plans to go up in hydroplane
Mr. Gatz' appearance in the book starts "a telegram signed Henry C. Gatz arrived from a town in Minnesota. It said only that the sender was leaving immediately and to postpone the funeral until he came" (167). Mr. Gatz is not present at all in the new movie nor mentioned while he is an important part of the ending; in the book he gives information on Jay's past.
"And don't forget we're going up in the hydroplane tomorrow morning, at nine o'clock" (53). After the party, Nick and Jay make plans to go up in the hydroplane but it doesn't mention anything of it again in either the movie or book.
By Dylan Dees and Wyatt Herrick
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