The Great Gatsby
Novel VS Movie
The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan.
The Great Gatsby is a 2013 American drama film. An adaptation of the film was a tribute to F. Scott Fitzgerald on the 116th anniversary of his birth and the 1925 novel of the same name, the film was co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, and Elizabeth Debicki.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Scene 1: New York Party
Movie Differences: Although the film stays somewhat true to the original novel a few things are different. In the Movie, this particular scene seems to be much more raunchy. For example, in the film, it shows Nick Caraway listening to Tom and Myrtle engage in intercourse, Nick taking a pill given to him by Myrtle's sister, and the next day Nick wakes up at his house unaware of what had happened the night before.
Significance: In my opinion, I think F. Scott Fitzgerald would have never included something so vulgar in his writing. It may be implied in the novel but it wasn't actually written down in the book which is what I feel gives the novel a timeless and classy feel.
Scene 2: Plaza Hotel Scene
Movie Differences: This particular scene stays very true to the Novel, excluding one particular thing. In the novel, Gatsby becomes overwhelmed at one moment and has a crazy look on his face which eventually "passes." In the Movie, Gatsby "loses his temper" and becomes a very terrifying person. Almost too terrifying. He screams and shoves Tom around and looks in to Tom's eyes with a overzealous rage.
Significance: This particular segment of this scene was much more exaggerated than the novel. This scary adaptation of Gatsby almost made me fear Gatsby and question everything that is desirable about his character.
Scene 3: Myrtle's Death
Movie Difference: In the movie, when Wilson sees Tom and makes the connection that Tom had been previously driving the yellow coupe he begins to scream and once again Tom and Wilson go in to another room to speak. Only unlike the novel, the movie shows Nick overhearing Tom tell Wilson that Jay Gatsby was driving the yellow coupe that killed Myrtle.
Significance: While Gatsby's death seems inevitable in the novel, the movie almost makes it seem like Nick had seen enough to possibly prevent Gatsby's murder. This scene in the movie, along with another one where Nick watches as Daisy and Tom conspire over something a couple hours after the death of Myrtle, caused myself to become angry with Nick for not doing anything to prevent his friend's likely death.
Scene 4: Gatsby's Death
Movie Differences: In the Movie, the end sequence is very different than what the novel portrayed it to be. Instead of Wilson going car garage to car garage trying to figure out who drove the Yellow Coupe, he is informed directly by Tom. Also, in the movie just as Gatsby dies it shows him climbing out of the pool to answer a phone call which had just come in. The movie portrays Daisy's hand reaching for her phone to give Gatsby a call but as the vision quickly fades away it shows Daisy's hand being hesitant to pick up the phone, the movie then returns back to Gatsby leaving the pool. As Gatsby leaves the pool he smiles and glares at the green light which resembles his and Daisy's love. While Gatsby watches the green light Wilson sneaks up behind him and shots him in the chest. Gatsby continues to watch the green light but begins to frown as he realizes he has been shot and is most likely going to die. He falls backward in to the pool while watching the green light and floats face down while the pool fills with his blood. Wilson then pulls the trigger on himself. The audience is then shown that it was Nick Caraway who has actually called.
Significance: In the Movie, Gatsby's death scene is much more emotional than in the book. When they showed Daisy's hand reaching for her phone but pulling away it made it seem like Daisy even considered going away with Gatsby, which was not clearly defined in the novel. By adding that small part in the movie it gave Daisy more appeal to the audience by showing them that she actually considered when really the whole time she had selfish motives and did not acknowledge the consequences of her actions. Along with that, by adding in the details of Gatsby hearing a phone ring and him looking at the green light as he died, made Gatsby's death much more sad than it was portrayed in the novel. This also changes the novel by making it seem Gatsby died as soon as he thought his dreams were coming true. When originally no phone call was placed leaving Gatsby in a realization of what happens when you live too long with a single dream at the time of his murder.
Always pushing up the hill searching for the thrill of it
On and on and on we are calling out and out again
Never looking down I'm just in awe of what's in front of me"