How Faithful Is the Great Gatsby

In: Novels

Submitted By gracelee111
Words 1343
Pages 6
<How Faithful Is The Great Gatsby?>
By David Haglund

Ever since Baz Luhrmann announced that he was adapting F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby­—and especially after he revealed that he’d be doing it in 3-D—much digital ink has been spilled about the hideous sacrilege that was sure to follow. Nevermind that Luhrmann’s previous adaptation, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, was quite true to both the language and the spirit of that legendary play; Gatsby, as David Denby puts it in The New Yorker this week, is “too intricate, too subtle, too tender for the movies,” and especially for such an unsubtle filmmaker as Luhrmann.

So the argument goes, anyway. In fact, Fitzgerald’s novel, while great, is not, for the most part, terribly subtle. And though it has moments of real tenderness, it also has melodrama, murder, adultery, and, of course, wild parties. In any case, we can put aside, for the moment, the larger question of whether Luhrmann captured the spirit of Gatsby, which is very much open for debate. There’s a simpler question to address first: How faithful was the filmmaker to the letter of Fitzgerald’s book?

Below is a breakdown of the ways in which the new film departs from the classic novel.

The Frame Story
Luhrmann’s chief departure from the novel arrives right at the beginning, with a frame story in which the narrator Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), some time after that summer spent with Gatsby & co., has checked into a sanitarium, diagnosed by a doctor of some sort as “morbidly alcoholic.” Fitzgerald’s Nick does refer to Gatsby as “the man who gives his name to this book” (emphasis mine), so the idea that The Great Gatsby is a text written by Nick is not entirely original with Luhrmann—though the filmmaker takes this much further than Fitzgerald, showing Nick writing by hand, then typing, and finally compiling his finished…...

Similar Documents

Great Gatsby

...end of The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway made the final statement of the book saying "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." Which I believe means we move on in life continually and we always have to push our way forward, move against the current, and don't dwell or bring back the past because you will get carried back to the past such as a boat moves across the current, it requires constant moving forward to prevent drifting backwards. Gatsby started off with nothing but a big set of goals and dreams, he pushed his way to get to that goal leaving his past behind only worrying about the future and when he finally obtained his goal he got caught up and started to think about the past with Daisy and he ended up meeting her and getting emotions for her again. Leaving all his achievements behind him and he basically fell back when all the truth came to the surface about his past and people lowered the respect they had for him. All of Gatsby's failures are due to the fact of Daisy coming back into his life and the dedication of time he gave to her made him get off of his track to success and lose thought of the other things going on in his life. He lost his motivation and drive to become something more or bigger than he already has become. I personally think maybe he was just feeling content with just Daisy to where he didn't want to become anything more. Nick was basically the neutral water in The Great Gatsby; he......

Words: 619 - Pages: 3

Great Gatsby

...The Great Gatsby Essay On the outside, The Great Gatsby seems to be a story about a twisted love affair. Fitzgerald is showing the many changes happening during the 1920’s society, and how it affected the idea of the American dream. Fitzgerald shows the strive for the wealth, which defined the American dream in the 1920’s and which continues to defines as a desire for wealth and success today. In the book, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is showing the corruption of the American dream by throwing parties, making love and having money. After WWII, there was an economic boom which left people suddenly rich, and they were referred to as the “new money.” There quickly became a difference between the “new money” and the people who were previously wealthy. What used to “pursuit of happiness” is now the pursuit of money and greed. The “new money” people don’t like the “old money” people. Jay Gatsby throws parties throughout the summer to show of how much money he has. “There was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer night.” ( ) This quote shows that Gatsby has a lot of money because he can afford to throw parties throughout the summer. Money is everything in the world today and it was a huge part in the world back in the 1920’s economy too. The Great Gatsby also symbolizes love throughout the story. There were love affairs between married couples and single people. The biggest affair out of all the characters was definitely Daisy and Gatsby. Jay Gatsby has the......

Words: 620 - Pages: 3

The Great Gatsby

...The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Download free eBooks of classic literature, books and novels at Planet eBook. Subscribe to our free eBooks blog and email newsletter. Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high, bounce for her too, Till she cry ‘Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you!’ —THOMAS PARKE D’INVILLIERS  The Great Gatsby Chapter 1 I n my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’ He didn’t say any more but we’ve always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that. In consequence I’m inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores. The abnormal mind is quick to detect and attach itself to this quality when it appears in a normal person, and so it came about that in college I was unjustly accused of being a politician, because I was privy to the secret griefs of wild, unknown men. Most of the confidences were unsought—frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon—for the intimate revelations of young......

Words: 49836 - Pages: 200

Main Symbols and How Do They Function in the Great Gatsby

...The novel The Great Gatsby was written by an American author F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925. The setting of the novel was the Jazz Age and the characters were mostly the lost generations. The novel captured and portrayed the era’s mood and characters’ living style through the vividly description of symbols. Gatsby’s big white house, Daisy’s green light on the end of her dock, and the Myrtle and her husband Wilson’s garage in the valley of ashes were functioned as implied indications of the plot and theme. In the novel, main character Gatsby owned an enormous beautiful big white house in the fashionable East Egg where the riches gathered. The outlook and the shape of the house were showed by resplendent dictions and the action of the servants in the house was described as dexterous and delicate. Especially the colorful description when big fancy parties that was held in Gatsby’s house. However, people who came to the party were not even invited, they just came and dance. No one in the house knew Gatsby’s antecedents; they just knew he is very rich. The big white house represents the accomplishments of Gatsby’s American dream. Also his flashy yellow car shows the pretentious characteristic of him. Nevertheless, all the show offs revealed as Gatsby’s persistent effort of getting and achieving the goal of wealthy. And this fancy material things he own was the fundamental requirements for getting Daisy’ love, which later leads to the transition of the plot and Daisy’s character...

Words: 583 - Pages: 3

The Great Gatsby

...the rich and ugly collide together, making The Great Gatsby a novel with a twisted and complicated plot. The main character Nick Carraway, is from the west and moves to the overpopulated city of New York. He settles in the “West Egg” of Long Island and meets his mysterious neighbor who goes by the name of Jay Gatsby. Nick visits his cousin Daisy, who lives in the “East Egg” and soon becomes somewhat engaged within the fast, upbeat, party life. (Fitzgerald) Although he is not fully involved, he disentangles himself from the whole scene near the ending due to his observant behavior and disgusted attitude towards the whole outlook. However, his attraction towards Gatsby is a main focus. Readers are captivated by Gatsby’s admirable perseverance and determination in working towards achieving his goal of winning Daisy’s heart and beyond that, the American dream, yet his greatness predicts his downfall. Gatsby’s desire of becoming wealthy and dedication to this goal reflects how admirable he is because created himself out of nothing; he “sprang from his Platonic conception of himself; he was a son of God-.” (Fitzgerald, 104) He “reinvented” himself, using his imagination and being “faithful to the end” until he was the prosperous man he wanted to become. But this accomplished goal of becoming wealthy was only a small step towards his bigger goal; being with Daisy. Money was only a factor that connected Gatsby to Daisy; if Gatsby was wealthy then surely Daisy would be with......

Words: 1124 - Pages: 5

How Is the Story Told in Chapter One of the Great Gatsby?

...How does Fitzgerald tell the story in chapter one of the novel ‘The Great Gatsby’? In the opening chapter of the novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ Fitzgerald uses a variety of techniques such as intra-fictional narration from Nick and change in from to introduce the characters so as to keep the readers interested and to make the chapter memorable. The very begging of the novel is written in autobiographical fashion so as to allow the main narrator to introduce himself to the reader. It is through the use of Bildungsroman that we learn of nicks privileged upbringing Once again the ending is set in natural light with nick returning home in the moonlight to find the infamous Gatsby “regarding the silver pepper of the stars”. In this final romantic setting the readers, and nick, are introduced to Gatsby as “stretching his arms out” towards “the green light” at the end of daisy’s dock as if it were a religious icon he was longing to get closer to, it could also be interpreted that this light is almost his interpretation of his light to heaven with the oxymoron of it being green ( which is associated with nature, freedom and generally as a go sign) and the fact it is a warning light used to tell boats to stay away showing his confusion and unrequited longing for another. In this first glimpse of Gatsby, Fitzgerald not only links him with the romance and purity of the natural light of stars and moonlight, but his dream is symbolically identified as being false and artificial, thus......

Words: 271 - Pages: 2

How Great Was Our Man Gatsby?

...How Great Was Our Man Gatsby? As on author said: "F. Scott Fitzgerald created Gatsby, the eponymous character of his novel, The Great Gatsby, as a character who built himself into something great. He begins life as just an ordinary, lower-class, citizen. But Gatsby has a dream of becoming wealthy. After meeting Daisy, he has a reason to strive to become prominent. Throughout his life, Gatsby gains the title of truly being great. Even before Gatsby is introduced, he is hinted at being out of the ordinary. The first evidence of this is when Nick says, "Gatsby turned out all right at the end." (2) Nothing was known about Gatsby at the time and Nick is already saying Gatsby was okay. There's a air of mysteriousness surrounding Gatsby. Everyone knows of him, but no one knows who he really is or where he comes from. Even at our first glance of Gatsby, he's reaching out for something only he can see. There were many stories flying about Gatsby but no one knew what to really believe. In on instance Jordan made the comment, "I think he killed a man." (49) Even when Gatsby confessed about his past he didn't always tell the truth. He told Nick he inherited great wealth, but in reality, Gatsby gained his wealth on his own. Even though Gatsby lied, the fact that he made himself what he was makes him even that much greater. When Gatsby was still James Gatz, he had a dream of leaving his life on the farm behind and become part of the upper-class. Even Gatsby's father......

Words: 1255 - Pages: 6

The Great Gatsby

...chapter 6 of The Great Gatsby, a reporter comes to Gatsby’s door to interview him about his personal life. Jay Gatsby’s original name was James Gatz and he was born on a North Dakota farm but went to college in St. Olaf, Minnesota. He dropped out of college and later met the wealthy Dan Cody who hired him as a personal assistant. When Dan Cody died he left Gatsby $25,000, but his mistress prevented Gatsby from claiming it. After that, Gatsby was determined to become rich and successful. Later on, Nick visits Gatsby and is shocked to find Tom Buchanan there, and the next Saturday Tom and Daisy attend one of Gatsby’s parties. After the party Gatsby is worried that Daisy did not enjoy it and Nick tells him to give up on Daisy, however, Gatsby refuses and instead tells Nick about he and Daisy’s past. The quote that best describes Jay Gatsby is, “He talked a lot about the past, and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy” (110). The good qualities of Jay Gatsby are he is a loyal person and he has a good heart. The bad qualities of Gatsby are he is amoral, dishonest, and throws his money away. Fitzgerald developed this character to show how people use their wealth to get love only to discover the love is not real. Additionally, he is developed throughout the novel to be an example of how living extravagantly can be an empty life. A meaningful quote in the chapter is, “The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West......

Words: 2256 - Pages: 10

Great Gatsby

...The Great Gatsby In the United States Declaration of Independence our nation founding fathers came up with the idea that “all men are created equal” in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. However there has always been a great divide in our country’s society and class, with the top one percent nearly owning all of our nation’s wealth. With the majority of society being of middle and lower class population some of which are struggling to make ends meat living paycheck to paycheck. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby which takes place in the early 1920’s. There is also a great divide in class and society. You have the wealthy and arrogant east egg and west egg citizens who have either had money in their family past down from generations of inheritance also receiving a fine education at an ivy league school or you have the new money and live in west egg earning a living as a bootlegger or involved in other mob activities like Jay Gatsby who was raised on hardships growing up. But like most people in today’s society you have the valley of ashes which resembles our middle and lower class of people who may be hard working people yet they don’t have the financial benefits of being born into wealth. The American Dream of living a prosperous life and being rich and earning a high level of importance in society just to impress people or attract someone to you is something that all of the characters surrounding Nick Carraway have in common. They idealize fame and......

Words: 1179 - Pages: 5

The Great Gatsby

...The Great Gatsby ‘’The Great Gatsby’’ is a Charles Scribner's Son novel based on tragedy . The novel was published in 1925 in NYC . Nick Carraway the novel narrator , explain with details how he was living in this time , including his point of view of the things that happen on his environment . is As a ‘’Modernism’’ novel great Gatsby is a non poetic story based on the search of truth and identity . The great Gatsby is an amazing novel that tells the life of Nick Carraway who travel to New York. Nick wants to be a professional writer . He believed that these time of his life would be success full . On his journal nick tells that the begging he was very happy to be in New York. He was gaining good money, attracting women and the fame was very good. "The Great Gatsby provides a critical social history of America during the Roaring Twenties within its narrative. That era, known for unprecedented economic prosperity, the evolution of jazz music, flapperculture, and bootlegging and other criminal activity, is plausibly depicted in Fitzgerald's novel." (Bruccoli, Matthew Joseph). He has a cousin called Daisy who already were living in New York. She was married to a rich man whose name was Tom Buchanan a popular polo player . Nick doesn't know how his cousin was living. He asked her and she told him that every thing is good.The first thing he realized was that his Cousin Daisy was living a nightmare being married with Tom, he was unfaithful and abusive but she......

Words: 1362 - Pages: 6

The Great Gatsby

...|The Great Gatsby Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald |ФРЭНСИС СКОТТ ФИЦЖЕРАЛЬД | | | | | |ВЕЛИКИЙ ГЭТСБИ | |Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high,| | |bounce for her too, Till she cry "Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing | | |lover, I must have you!" | | |THOMAS PARKE D'INVILLIERS. | | |Chapter 1 | ГЛАВА I | | In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice| | |that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. |В юношеские годы, когда человек особенно восприимчив, я как-то получил| |"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he......

Words: 92932 - Pages: 372

The Great Gatsby

...The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Download free eBooks of classic literature, books and novels at Planet eBook. Subscribe to our free eBooks blog and email newsletter. Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high, bounce for her too, Till she cry ‘Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you!’ —THOMAS PARKE D’INVILLIERS  The Great Gatsby Chapter 1 I n my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’ He didn’t say any more but we’ve always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that. In consequence I’m inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores. The abnormal mind is quick to detect and attach itself to this quality when it appears in a normal person, and so it came about that in college I was unjustly accused of being a politician, because I was privy to the secret griefs of wild, unknown men. Most of the confidences were unsought—frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon—for the intimate...

Words: 49879 - Pages: 200

How Women Are Portrayed in the Great Gatsby

...How are women portrayed in Chapter Seven of The Great Gatsby? In Chapter Seven of The Great Gatsby women were portrayed as very significant role. Men worked to earn money to be wealthy for the maintenance of the women. In Chapter Seven, the women that play the important roles are; Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker and Myrtle Wilson. Each of the characters are portrayed as ignorant and oblivious to what’s going on around them. For example, Daisy acts foolish around Tom, her husband, as if she thinks that what he wants her to be like. She pretends like she isn’t aware of Tom’s affair with one of the other main characters whom name is Myrtle. Even though she calls him on the telephone when they’re at dinner. Daisy says in Chapter One “I hope she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” This quotation demonstrates that all men look for foolish women. This quotation is also directed at Daisy’s daughter, she says this to her daughter because Daisy wants to make sure being a fool also has an impact on her life. Throughout the novel, women are not described in depth. The author’s presentation of them is unflattering and unsympathetic. Fitzgerald appeals to their voice, “she had a voice full of money”, the way they behaved, “They’re such beautiful shirts she sobbed”, rather than feelings or emotions. The character Daisy Buchannan is described constantly as someone who is happy when things are being given to her. This has all came......

Words: 984 - Pages: 4

The Great Gatsby

...summarized the essay. 4. Less than five grammatical errors. Jay Gatsby vs. Tom Buchanan The Great Gatsby, exhibits several person vs. person conflicts; this novel shows one character, Gatsby, who has a problem with one of the other characters, Tom. Throughout the story, Jay Gatsby’s love for Tom’s wife, Daisy, is a reoccurring conflict. The resolution of this problem is concluded with the exposure of Tom and Gatsby, and finally the confrontation in a parlor at a hotel. The exposure of Tom was a critical element to the on-going conflict between Tom and Jay within the novel. Tom Buchanan’s affair with Myrtle Wilson was intentionally revealed to Nick, and later was discovered by Daisy Buchanan. Regardless of what ethics Tom may lack, his loyalty to his wife was no longer a priority in his life. His prolonged affair with Mrs. Wilson had more value to him then his marriage with Daisy. Furthermore, Tom, long before he met Mrs. Wilson, had several other affairs with various women. Even as a young couple who traveled the world, Tom’s dishonesty increased towards Daisy, through his numerous affairs. His desperation for love from random women consumed his life. These acts of adultery were horrendous and sickening as Tom blandly denied any involvement in them to Daisy. Thus, the conflict between Mr. Buchanan and Mr. Gatsby began to broil throughout the novel, The Great Gatsby. Along with Tom’s horrific past, Jay Gatsby withheld quite a complex past of his own. Although,......

Words: 776 - Pages: 4

The Great Gatsby

...The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a novel that takes a different spin on the stereotypical American dream. To say “through the novel, Fitzgerald puts across the idea that the American dream has been corrupted by the desire for materialism” would be accurate. Because “we see that Gatsby had a pure dream, but became corrupt in his quest towards that dream,” this is how the American dream was viewed as corrupt. Throughout the novel Gatsby displays many examples of how his quest towards the dream that was once pure, slowly becomes more and more corrupt. The first showing of corruptness in Gatsby’s dream, which is to marry Daisy, is his unethical means of obtaining a fortune. The stereotypical American dream is working hard for honest money. However, this is not the case for Gatsby. Gatsby attains his fortune through the illegal means of bootlegging. In the novel, the narrator Nick describes Gatsby, “The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a Son of God—a phrase that, if it means anything, means just that—and he must be about His Father’s business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end” (The Great Gatsby Chapter 6 pg). This quotation shows how Nick saw Gatsby as trying to transform himself into the ideal person. He even goes as far as......

Words: 1143 - Pages: 5