The Film Of Jay Gatsby Essay

1482 WordsApr 22, 20166 Pages
The 2013 film adaption of Jay Gatsby, a man who rose from poverty as a child to being a millionaire with all the makings, huge house, servants, hundreds of friends. He exemplifies the self-made man theory; he is successful both socially and financially. He basically created a completely new person for himself from his past life. But with all the wealth and status Gatsby accumulated, on the surface it made him appear to be living the American Dream but it actually leads to his demise. Many different possessions seemed to hold the promise of happiness and the path to the American Dream. One such example was the houses depicted in the movie. The obvious competition to declare one’s status, everyone attempting outdo the another. It was all about the size of the house and the amenities they had. Take Daisy’s house or actually Tom’s house, although they we just as wealthy as Gatsby, Tom chose to display it in a much more subdued manor and with much more taste. His home in East Egg was appeared almost modest in contrast to Gatsby’s. It displayed breeding and taste instead of flaunting flamboyance and inordinate amounts of wealth. Gatsby felt he had to put his wealth and achievement on display to prove his “new money” was as good as any with “old money”. He turns to Nick and says, “My house looks well doesn’t it? See how the whole front of it catches the light.” (Fitzgerald) Gatsby exemplifies the American Dream as the movie starts then as it progresses you see his downward
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