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The Great Gatsby Book and Movie Comparison

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Emilee May

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby Book and Movie Comparison

General Information:
Main Character
Protagonist & Narrator
Unreliable Narrator
Came from decent family, but not too much money
Daisy's second cousin
dark hair
not extravagant looking (in the book)
Nick is not attracted to Myrtle's sister at Tom's and Myrtle's party.

The issue of bad drivers is a recurring topic.

When Daisy visits with her daughter, whilst Gatsby is at the Buchanan's home for lunch, she plays with the child, and she remarks at how beautiful she is. Afterwards she sends her off with her nanny.
She comes out when it suits Daisy's purpose, but must then go back to her surrogate mother when Daisy is finished.

In the book the clock is broken to begin with. Gatsby is trying to reverse the progression of time, undoing all that has transpired in the five years where he and Daisy had been separated.
Fitzgerald reminds us in this scene that time can only move in one direction, which is forward.
After Gatsby catches the clock, he puts it back on the mantel and apologizes. Nick replies:

Like Gatsby and Daisy's relationship, the clock is "defunct," no longer ticking, regardless of Gatsby's furious efforts.

In the book Gatsby does not get physical towards Tom.

Tom simply tells Wilson the car that killed his wife was yellow (which is what leads him, independently, to Gatsby).

Fitzgerald writes: "ripped her open."

Gatsby's father shows up to tell us something about the real James Gatz

The book leaves its reader only with the juicy final image of "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
Important moments:
Comparing the most
as Nick gets drunk at Myrtle and Tom’s apartment (at the party) he is drugged by Myrtle’s sister

bad drivers are never mentioned in the movie (this is only displayed by the scenes of accidents, Gatsby swerving around other drivers, and the drivers of any automobile rarely looking at the road)

the scene with the daughter is not portrayed that detailed

the clock is well functioning, however as Gatsby accidentally drops it the decoration falls of (h the repairs it)

Gatsby responds to Tom's statement that he will never be able to care for Daisy if his whole life was a lie by destroying the bar, grabbing Tom by the collar, and screaming in his face. After this outburst, Daisy changes her mind about Gatsby's and seems afraid of him

He tells Wilson outright that Gatsby killed Myrtle, which sends Wilson right over to Gatsby’s in a plan so simple, you’d think Tom would do anything to get revenge on Gatsby

Myrtle flies gorgeously into the air and drops dead onto the pavement, with artistically placed cuts intimating her fatal injuries

no one shows up at his funeral

one of the movies final finish is Nick adding "The Great" to the title of his finished "Gatsby" manuscript

Contents Page:
Book Analysis:
Plot explanation
Character Analysis (with focus on literary aspects)
Important moments
Movie Analysis:
Visual Aspects of the Plot
Character Analysis (with focus on visual aspects)
Important scenes
Comparison: Book vs. Movie...
Plot comparison
Do the actors in the movie resemble their characters in the book?
How do the scenes of the movie match up to the book?
Conclusion: Does the movie do the book justice?
The Great Gatsby
Emilee May

Book Analysis:
New York, Long Island
After World War I
People were ready to have fun and forget the stress and sadness of the war.
People wanted to focus on wealth & class differences
Conflicts between: old & new, rich& poor, east & west eggers
Important Scenes:
Nick Carraway
Daisy Buchanan
General Information:
East egger, old money
Tom Buchanan's wife
One of the main characters
Selfish & somehow childish
Nick's second cousin
rich, lady-like
blonde & dainty
voice is
Tom Buchanan
General Information:
Came from a very rich family.
east egger, has a lot of money
selfish, rude
He wants to have control over everything.
Daisy is his wife, therefore his possession
Has an affair with Myrtle Wilson
Overly confidant as well as threatened
tall, sporty
handsome, muscular
Jordan Baker
General Information:
comes from money
shallow & prestigious
east egger
Daisy's friend and she has a summer fling with Nick.
Famous Golfer
tall, dark hair
Jay Gatsby

General Information:
Was born poor but then became rich and successful
self educated and self made
Daisy resembled his American dream.
Made a life to please Daisy but it was not honest.
second Protagonist
Handsome, well built
smile is full of hope (Nick)
Myrtle Wilson
General Information:
Not a main character but she is still important
No money
Is cheating on her husband George with Tom
Extravagant taste (tacky)
Because of Tom, she sees herself as better
not described in detail
nice figure
James Gats
George Wilson
General Information:
Poor, hard worker
Polite, small
Myrtle's Husband
Not main character, but important role
drained, tired
General Information:
Jewish businessman
wealthy through illegal business
Made Gatsby what he is today.
no detailed description
Powerful, ominous presence
Nick is invited to Gatsby's
Tom invites Nick to meet mistress
Nick meets Gatsby

Gatsby talks to Jordan Baker about his plan
Gatsby requests Nick to set up a meeting with Daisy at Nick's house
Gatsby "prepares" Nick's house for Daisy's arrival

Gatsby gets nervous and tries to leave before Daisy arrives, but walks back in the rain.

Daisy & Gatsby meet again after five years of being apart

Nick comes back into the picture and there seems to be an understanding between the two.
example of unreliable narrator
Gatsby and Daisy meet more often:
all the parties are called off & the servants are excused
Climax of the story:
Gatsby, Daisy, Nick, Tom & Jordan meet at the Buchanan's for lunch
Tom notices the relationship between Gatsby and Daisy
Everyone drives to town
Myrtle sees Tom in the yellow Rolls Royce
While in the Plaza hotel Tom and Gatsby argue over Daisy
Daisy cannot admit to never loving Tom
Gatsby is crushed, he leaves with Daisy
Daisy is upset and Gatsby lets her drive
Daisy hits and kills Myrtle
Tom, Nick & Jordan drive by after when Tom says it wasn't his car
Nick moves to Long Island
(West Egg)
Nick moves to West Egg in order to learn the bond business.

Nick only plans to spend the summer there.

Nick's house is next door to Gatsby's mansion.
Nick visits Tom and Daisy
Nick meets Jordan here

Daisy introduces her daughter:

Tom's affair is made known to Nick
"I hope she will be a pretty, little fool."
Nick attends a party at the New York apartment where Tom meets with his mistress
At this time Nick does not know much of what happens
another example of an unreliable narrator

At the same time Wilson finds out about Myrtle having an affair, and wants to go west with her
While watching out for Daisy Gatsby tells Nick that he didn't hit Myrtle
George is distraught and goes to the Buchanan's
Tom tells George that Gatsby did it
Nick visits Gatsby and tells him that he is better than all of the high class people put together
George shoots Gatsby while he's lying in his pool, and then shoots himself
Tom & Daisy stay together and leave New York
Nick can't find anyone to come to Gatsby's funeral
Gatsby's father is introduced in the last scene.
Fitzgerald criticizes the American dream
The Great Gatsby Timeline:
Picture of Movie Cover:
Picture of Jay Gatsby:
Picture of Daisy Buchanan:
Picture of Tom Buchanan:
Picture of Myrtle Wilson:
The Great Gatsby
Movie Analysis:
Plot :
Nick's description on his past
Situations of the Buchanan family
New York post World war 1
Gatsby and his parties
Gatsby and Daisy's reunion
Tom and Gatsby's conflict
The accident
Gatsby's murder
Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway
The narrator of the movie
Actor in a supporting role
Nervous and shy in nature
In a relationship with Jordan
Gatsby's 'only' friend
Second cousin to Daisy
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby
Actor in leading role
New money
Quintessential American hero of 1920s
Loves Daisy
Powerful (illegal) businessman
Kind, humble and caring
Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan
Actress in a leading role
Married to Tom Buchanan
Old money
Whimsical minded
Revealed as selfish in the end
Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan
Actor in a supporting role
Old money
Self centered and arrogant
Married to Daisy
Has a mistress named Myrtle
Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson
Actress in a supporting role
Married to George Wilson
Tom's mistress
Has the desire to be rich

Picture of Nick Carraway:
Picture of Jordan Baker:
Picture of George Wilson:
Picture of Wolfsheim:
Amitabh Bachchan as Meyer Wolfsheim
Jewish gambler
Gatsby's Business partner
Helped build Gatsby up
Powerful, influential
Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker
Actress in a supporting role
Together with Nick
Friend of Daisy's
Famous golfer, old money
Jason Clarke as George Wilson
Myrtle's husband
Hard working, lower class
kills Gatsby and then himself
Important Scenes:
Book vs. Movie
Segment 1:

New York after World war 1
Nick's introduction
His new life in New York
A brief description of West egg
Nick Carraway
Segment 2:
The Buchanans
The Buchanan family
Jordan a cynical young golfer
Daisy's hardships in life
Tom and Myrtle's affair
Nick's mysterious neighbor and his grand parties
Segment 3 :
Jay Gatsby's party
Nick receives an invitation to one of Gatsby's parties
Uninvited guests at the party
Nick encounters Jordan, and they meet Gatsby
Gatsby seems to take a liking to Nick
They meet for numerous occasions
Meyer Wolfsheim
Segment 4:
The reunion
Gatsby wants Nick to arrange a reunion between him and Daisy.
The 4pm tea at Nick's place
The embarrassing reunion
Gatsby and Daisy begin an affair
Gatsby discontinues the parties
In the movie Wolfsheim is described as being Gatsby's shady business partner.
This is expressed by simply referring to his jewishness.

Daisy appears to be much weaker and exudes a sense of being a damsel-in-distress.
This factor, and the fact that Daisy is much less thoughtful in the movie, leads to the conclusion that her characters do no very well match up.
Fitzgerald describes Wolfsheim as:

Fitzgerald describes Daisy's voice as:
Both the book and the movie are set in the 1920's after World War 1.

Both encapsulated what made the 1920s “roaring”: loud parties, extravagant outfits, fast cars and drunken joy.

The movie was more successful in translating Fitzgerald’s words into a visual spectacle of booze, sequins, and confetti, whereas the book was able to better transfer emotions and the history of the characters with greater detail.

Nonetheless, both of the plots remain nearly identical.
Segment 5:
The Plaza
Tom becomes increasingly suspicious
Everyone leaves for the Plaza
Wilson family plans to move to west
Gatsby tells Tom that he and Daisy are together
Tom explains how Gatsby earned so much money
Daisy is troubled and goes with Gatsby
Segment 6:
The accident
Myrtle dies in a car accident
Tom, Nick, and Jordan stop by the garage
There, they learn of Myrtle's death
Tom tells George, that the car belongs to Gatsby
'a voice ringing with money...'
He also characterizes her to be careless.
'A small, flat-nosed Jew' with 'tiny eyes and an accent that effectively made him the Jar Jar Binks of his day'.
Segment 7:

The murder
Gatsby reveals the truth
At Gatsby's mansion
Gatsby decides to go for a swim
Gatsby is abruptly shot and killed by George
It is revealed that it is Nick on the phone

The end
Segment 8:
Nick calls the Buchanans
The funeral is attended only by reporters and photographers
Media links Gatsby with Myrtle
Nick is disgusted with New York and its people
Back in the sanatorium
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