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The Great Gatsby Book Vs Movie Essay

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All too often the film industry takes a book and changes it for movie purposes. The resulting film, no matter how good or bad it may be as a stand alone, is inevitably criticized with those all too familiar words “The book was better.” However, The Great Gatsby has found itself within a group of the select few book based movies that has very few changes from the book at all. In fact, most of the lines the actors used were straight quotes from the book. A good majority of the characters, settings, words, and events in both the film and the book are identical,but not perfectly so. There are still a few things that must be changed either due to translation from page to screen or due to stylistic choice by the director.

One of the earliest
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The symbolism of the green light and the eyes on the billboard are present in both the book and movie. However, in the book they are only brought up when really important. The light is only mentioned a few times when Gatsby’s love for Daisy is directly attached to it: “Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever. Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy it had seemed very near to her, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon.” Yet the film bombards us with green light cameos and pushes the significances on us almost constantly. The same with the billboard, which is only really mentioned in passing when going through the valley of ashes and then significantly by George: “‘You may fool me, but you can’t fool God!’ Standing behind him, Michaelis saw with a shock that he was looking at the eyes of doctor T.J.Eckleburg, which had just emerged, pale and enormous, from the dissolving night. ‘God sees everything,’ repeated Wilson.” However, this billboard is shown every time Nick goes to town and behind Myrtle as she’s killed. They are inferred symbols in the novel that might take some digging to fully understand, but the movie hands them to the viewer on a silver
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