The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby Reimagined For Today’s Society The Great Gatsby (1925), the first novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, takes place during prohibition. As depicted in the novel, jazz and alcohol made the culture in the early 20th century feel alive. The novel communicates how the culture was in New York City and why the main character Jay Gatsby held parties so he could see his beloved debutante, Daisy Buchanan. But more importantly, the audience becomes more connected to the film entirely through the music. These films contained leitmotifs and themes that communicate the human emotions and thoughts behind each character. In my opinion, The Great Gatsby remains an extremely successful film because of its music and how it provides clues to the audience as to what obstacles each character faces. Through themes and leitmotifs, the audience is able to predict what the characters truly desire. Several movies were created for this novel, but I will focus on two, one released in 1974 and the other in 2013. The two films share similarities, but mostly, they are very different from one another; in that, the music in the 1974 version possesses the old-fashioned bluesy-type music from the 1920’s and attempts to give the audience a clear view of what music in the early 20th century was actually like while the one 2013 version contains a more broad and modern musical feel that connects with our culture and society today. As stated before, the novel, The Great Gatsby, was written
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