The Great Gatsby IRP

Ryan Walllace Period 3

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Simmilarities and differences between the novel and film

In the movie, when Nick gets drunk at Myrtle and Tom’s apartment, he is also drugged by Myrtle’s sister, Catherine which does not appear at all in the novel. Jordan Baker, a pro golfer, never has a relationship with Nick that is implied in the novel. Her main use in the film is mainly to supply us with information on Gatsby's life.Interestingly, however Nicks father is the one that gives the reader insight into who Jay Gatz really was, something the film did not address. Also, the lines from the film were at some parts used verbatim extensively, but often times the quotes used from the novel were cut short, paraphrased or changed meaning. The dramatic scene between Daisy, Tom, and Gatsby were all the same in the novel except when Tom points out to Daisy that Gatsby will never be able to fully take care of her physically and emotionally, and Gatsby ultimately responds by grabbing Tom and screaming in his face while destroying the bar. This outburst causes Daisy to change her mind and stay with Tom. Which this never happens in the novel. However , In the novel, Daisy changes her mind because she finds herself already comfortable with Tom, and is already accustomed to his abuse.

Similarities: The actor Jason Clarke who played George Wilson was excellent at being miserable and void of any full emotion, he is able to give off the same style that is portrayed in the novel. The interactions not only between Tom and Daisy and Gatsby are believable in the film but as well as in the novel. They were able to make it as dramatic as it was written.

Why might the director have approached the film the way he did? Is it for the betterment of the work?

The director of the film may have approached the film the way he did in order to capture a wider age group. But also modernize the novel to appeal to the younger audience that may be the core group that is targeted.

Consider critical acclaim for both the novel and the film. How do outside sources feel about each individually? Both?

At the time of the publication of the novel it was deemed a mild . It was praised by respected novelists. Although, at the initial publication, it did not catch on to the American public, as quickly as Fitzgerald had hoped. Unfortunately, he died with the feeling of being a failure. It wasn't until after his death when, The Great Gatsby became a commercial success. However, the same cannot be said about the 2013 film. The glorious attempts to modernize the novel by Baz Luhrmann was a great idea but just didnt pan out as expected. The grand spectacle he created was visually appealing but with the addition of rap and other genres of music added to the score just did not resonate well with the audience. Personally, I expected to hear the classic jazz music.


The major theme of The Great Gatsby is the decline of the American Dream. Before the 1920's the American Dream was based on exploration, and self the idea of not being repressed (individuality). But as the 1920s wore on it became more about the materialistic and the desire of money lead them now to pursue less goals than before. From the perspective of a immigrant the American Dream was to escape and lead a better life, the last thing they thought about was massive wealth. They were more than happy to be in a country that accepted them and were not repressed. Also, another theme that is present is the act of violence. Tom Buchanan with his ultimate brute strength over the women in the novels. Myrtle at one point taunts, in the secret love-affair apartment, mentions Daisy's name repeatedly he clocks her in the face. With the recent introduction of the automobile, it symbolized the dangers of not only the new technology but as well as what wealth can do to an individual. During the 1920s the automobile was mainly reserved for the wealthy due to the cost. This of course was able to foreshadow the accidental death of Myrtle, Tom's lover.

Works Cited

The Great Gatsby. Dir. Baz Luhrmann. Perf. Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Tobey McGuire, Carey Mulligan, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton. Warner Bros. Pictures, 2013. Film.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott, and Matthew J. Bruccoli. The Great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1996. Print.