The Great Gatsby” – Comparison of the Novel and the Modern Movie Adaptation

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1. Francis Scott Fitzgerald

Francis Scott Fitzgerald (1896 – 1940) was an American author of novels and many short stories. He is worldwide recognized as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century and the time called the „Jazz Age”. His most famous works are „The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and „The Great Gatsby” which have been adapted into films. The Great Gatsby has been the basis for many movie adaptations of the same name in 1926, 1949, 1974, 2000, and the latest in 2013.

2. Baz Luhrmann

Mark Anthony "Baz" Luhrmann (1962 - ) is an Australian film director, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for directing Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, Australia and the newest version of The Great Gatsby released in 2013.

3. „The Great Gatsby” – the plot of the novel

The Great Gatsby is an American novel written in 1925 that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young, handsome and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his unrealistic illusion and passion for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan.

Major characters
 Nick Carraway – a Yale graduate originating from the Midwest, a World War I veteran, and, at the start of the plot, a newly arrived resident of West Egg, who is about 30 years old. He serves as the first-person narrator of the novel. He is Gatsby's next-door neighbour and a bond salesman. He is an easy-going, occasionally sarcastic, and quite optimistic person.
 Jay Gatsby (originally James "Jimmy" Gatz) – a young, handsome and mysterious millionaire with shady business connections, originally from North Dakota. He is passionate about Daisy Buchanan, whom he had met when he was a young officer during World War I.
 Daisy Fay Buchanan – an attractive and beautiful young woman. She is Nick's second cousin and…...

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