The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Music is an immensely powerful tool in films, as it can underscore critical themes of a film in a melodious way and augment the emotion on screen. Songs can set the tone of a movie with or without lyrics. For example, the soundtrack of the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever includes groovy songs that complement the tone of the film. The suspenseful notes of the Jaws theme suggests that danger is approaching. The soundtrack to Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby is a tasteful collection of songs from artists of different genres. Through this amalgamation of genres and lyrics, the integrity of the F. Scott Fitzgerald’s piece is well maintained. The events of The Great Gatsby took place during the summer of 1922, a time when American culture shifted dramatically. Strict societal standards set by previous generations faded away. A new, racy and reckless culture set in the city developed. The stock market boom allowed people to buy more goods, fueling their materialism. People such as the main man of the novel, Jay Gatsby, would throw sumptuous parties with this extra money. His parties are quite the scene as Nick states that “by midnight the hilarity had increased...people were doing stunts all over the garden, while happy, vacuous bursts of laughter rose toward the summer sky.” (Fitzgerald 46) Gatsby’s parties are the Jennings 2 epitome of the recklessness of the Jazz Age. Will. i. Am’s “Bang Bang” and “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie, Goonrock, and Q-Tip are songs that
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