The Great Gatsby Comparison Essay

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The book “The Great Gatsby” was written & published by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1922. The Great Gatsby depicts the story told from the perspective of Nick Carraway, the novel’s narrator. The story is based on the experiences of Nick Carraway with his neighbour, Jay Gatsby. The book was adapted twice in movie form, the first in 1974 and the second in 2013. The 1974 adaptation was directed by Jack Clayton and the 2013 adaptation of the film was directed by Baz Luhrmann. This analysis will explore the adaptation of the novel The Great Gatsby, written by the F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Great Gatsby film. In particular, how the narrative has evolved through the adaptation process.

The novel and the film adaptation both make many references to The Valley Of Ashes. The author makes use of visual imagery to give a description of this setting. The book describes the Valley Of Ashes as “a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens where the ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air.” The description of this setting helps evoke the feeling of poor men covered in ashes and drenched in hopelessness. Using imagery, this helps the reader to visualise an image of the area in which the valley of ashes exists between the two rich areas of East Egg and West Egg. The book describes a place where the scenery is a dull grey.

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