The Great Gatsby Analysis

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“‘Jay… You can’t repeat the past.’ Gatsby wheeled around… ‘Can’t repeat the past?’ ‘No.’ ‘Why of course you can.’”(Luhrmann). The Great Gatsby greatly deals with people trying to relive past relationships and parts of their lives. This why a common theme for the Great Gatsby is that you can’t repeat the past. This is shown when Gatsby dies trying to repeat the past and return to a relationship and feelings that had been gone for 5 years, “He talked a lot about the past, and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy. ”(Fitzgerald 110). The movie better displays the theme that you can’t relive the past because of its style, the symbolism, and the point of view taken in the movie. The theme that you can’t relive the past is reiterated throughout the entire story and is especially through its style, symbolism, and point of view. The style of the book doesn’t greatly comment on the the fact that you can’t relive the past, but it is styled in a more secretive way in the book like the characters are trying to hide their pasts. While in the movie, The Great Gatsby, it directly comments on the fact that you can’t relive the past through its music choices. The movie features more modern music rather than jazz, which could mean that while the actors are trying to reenact the past, they will never be able to get it perfectly, so the modern music subtly reiterates the theme to the viewer without shoving it at them. The

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