Sara Schepmann. Ms. Shea. American Literature. May 5Th,
1097 WordsMay 6, 20175 Pages
May 5th, 2017
Movie vs. Book Creating a film based on a highly acclaimed literary work that millions cherish and know word for word is nothing short of challenging. Maintaining the heart and soul of the novel in such a film can be near impossible, but Baz Luhrmann proved otherwise with his rendition of The Great Gatsby by F. S.Fitzgerald. And while there are several changes to the original novel, the changes are effective and further the overall meaning of the novel. Some of the changes that Luhrmann does include: the impact of Gatsby’s life on Nick and his reasoning for writing the book, the nature of Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby’s death, and the musical choices. While each of these changes were not…show more content…
Knowing this solves why we hear the story from Nick rather than another character, like Daisy. This was a very effective choice for the movie and furthers the idea that Nick was always “within and without”, as he lived within the lives of the rich, but was without understanding of how everything impacted them.
Daisy Buchanan is not so sweet and innocent as she is portrayed in Luhrmann’s film. Daisy is not innocent- her voice is full of money, she cries over shirts (not lost time), she sulks, she fake, she kills Myrtle, and she’s frivolous and careless with other’s feelings. In Luhrmann’s film, she is a dear, sweet girl who is lost in her own beautiful world of white dresses, mansions, and love, and in the end we are left feeling sympathetic for the character because she almost seemed upset about her decision. Daisy Buchanan is not that same girl in the novel. She is an heiress who sits upon chairs in her white dresses. She toys with the emotions of Gatsby. She chooses money over love and chooses Tom while Gatsby is away at war. And she doesn’t even take care of her own child. Despite the many differences between Daisy in the novel and Daisy in the movie, it is understandable as to why these decisions were made. People want to like the damsel in distress, the damsel being Daisy trapped with her abusive, unloyal husband, Tom. Had