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Comparative Analysis of The Book The Great Gatsby and Its Movie Adaptation

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The great Gatsby, written by F. Scoot Fitzgerald, is the most critical literature toward the American dream throughout the depicting characteristics of the millionaire – Gatsby. Conversely, the 2013 film adaptation of the Great Gatsby mainly somehow distorts the meaningfulness of the story in the following aspects: narration atmosphere, character development, and the distinct storyline.

Both the novel and the movie established from the narrator’s view – Nick, the new comer to New York, however, the movie characterizing him entirely different as the novel does. Reader could reasonably infer that Nick is a really conservative and traditional man, upon some descriptive writings on his interaction with Jordan. On the other hand, the movie provides massive factual information about Nick that he enjoys the indulgence of the party and lack of self-control. Furthermore, the objective summary from the movie challenges the opinion of the impression of Nick, which make the whole story underscored and undervalued directly. Second, Nick’s romantic intimacy relationship with Jordan been cut off in the movie, that also makes the general portrayal of this specific character vaguely developed.

The tone of the novel is best described as critical and sympathetic. Because the theme is about how the American dream fails shortly in the practical way of people’s life, put that as central idea with other plots resolve around this conflict. Nevertheless, the movie is considered been irresponsible on expressing the criticism of the American dream. the movie more likely to produce the splendid scenes (Gatsby’s mansion, his party, or other important occasions), in these clips, result to spectators get seriously confused about the main thesis. from the view of the producer, we could understand why they exaggerated the beauty of the American dream because they intentionally designed the movie on the purpose of calling people’s attention and get more box-offices.

The whole movie stays really close to the plots from the movie, but we not able to conclude that setting of the movie coincide with the setting of the story. Serving as the personified model of American dream, Gatsby get killed at the end, which leads the depth conversation of the entanglement of this loving affair, throwing the question to viability and feasibility of American dream. But the movie cannot lead us to a deep conversation to the author, corresponding to the setting of the novel, the movie is not exactly referencing the content of the novel.

Finally, from my own perspective, I think both movie and novel describing the dark side of the capitalist principle, specifically tom Buchanan, whose characteristic best described as serious and strongly condescending. Both movie and novel are trying to emphasize this point so that to the American dream.

It is a commonly cited and often cliched adage that people can be successfull if they work hard enough – this the general outline of the American dream. More often, humans will follow one of two pathos either they allow the miscue to enfold them and find themselves unable to move on past it, or they will became utterly obstinate and lose hindsight, unable and unwilling to change and thus limiting their future and present success.

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