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The Great Gatsby: Film vs. Book Analysis
Transcript of The Great Gatsby: Film vs. Book Analysis
Directed by Baz Luhrmann
Released in May 2013
Movie - More focused on selling tickets than adapting main themes of the book
Central Themes/Key Concepts
Movie Romantic love
Book Love is a way to achieve the "American Dream"
The American Dream
‘When I was your age, I lived with a great dream. The dream grew and I learned how to speak of it and make people listen”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald.
“No, what makes Great Gatsby adaptations difficult is that… it’s about what the narrator’s not seeing, all the stuff that happens off the page. It’s not about the parties, it’s about what built the parties. Even worse, it’s about what people don’t WANT to see, because then the parties would stop” (Brandstatter, 2013).
The American Dream
Issues of diversity
"I hope she'll be a fool - that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool....You see, I think everything's terrible anyhow....And I know. I've been everywhere and seen everything and done everything." (Fitzgerald, 17-18)
"Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy it had seemed very near to her, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon. Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one" (Fitzgerald, 5.121-122).
Not a super-villain in book
"A small flat-nosed Jew raised his large head and regarded me with two fine growths of hair which luxuriated in either nostril. After a moment I discovered his tiny eyes in the half darkness" (Fitzgerald, 55).
"'Come to lunch some day,' he suggested, as we groaned down the elevator.
'Keep your hands off the lever,' snapped the elevator boy.
'I beg your pardon,' said Mr McKee with dignity, 'I didn't know I was touching it.'
'All right,' I agreed, 'I'll be glad to.'
...I was standing beside his bed and he was sitting up between the sheets, clad in his underwear, with a great portfolio in his hands." (Fitzgerald, 20).
Three Uses In Education
Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby between the film and the novel: a corpus-driven study of students' responses
Al-Shalabi Nazmi, Marwan Obeidat, and Fahed Salameh’s study findings
1. Compare and contrast: 1920's to Modern Day
Text messages to your favorite character
2. Compare and contrast: Quote from book to quote in film
Pick your favorite scene, analyze the differences
3. American Dream & Class
Create your own version of the American Dream through music, art or literature
F. Scott Fitzgerald
One of the most prominent authors of the "Jazz Age"
Sensitive about his masculinity
Published in 1925
Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Australian film director
Known for his extravagant/fantasy style films (Moulin Rouge, Romeo and Juliet, etc.)
Grade Level: High School